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The District's chief financial officer said in a memorandum Tuesday what pretty much everyone familiar with the city already knew — that federal government expansion during the recession contributed to a population growth that buoyed the D.C. economy and continues to be a boon for its finances.
Washington, D.C.'s medical marijuana program has enrolled just 59 patients since the first city dispensary opened for business in July — far below estimates for participation.
D.C. Council members are looking to keep the city government running through a federal shutdown by paying employees with funds from the city's contingency cash reserve fund — a tactic that could avert a showdown with federal officials.
It's three weeks and counting since the D.C. Council enacted a Wal-Mart bashing bill, and Mayor Vincent C. Gray is still agonizing over whether to sign it.
The District Department of the Environment (DDOE) rolled out new regulations last week aimed at improving stormwater management at large development sites in the District.
Mike Cuthriell has navigated D.C. government regulations for two-and-a-half years to open a medical marijuana dispensary and now only needs a final inspection from the Department of Health before he can officially open his Metropolitan Wellness Center. But the center won't be able to stay open unless the health department sanctions one more thing: patients.
The president could be forced to side either with the District or lawmakers on Capitol Hill if D.C. residents support a charter referendum next spring that would allow their elected leaders to spend local funds without approval from Congress.
D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray said Friday that a slight drop in the city's unemployment rate, from 9.1 percent in June to 8.9 percent in July, shows his workforce efforts "continue to pay off."
As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Mohammad N. Akhter will no longer be the District's health director.