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An America drowning in red ink is the land of the free no more
Topic - Pedro Ribeiro
A measure approved by local lawmakers and D.C. voters that granted the city budget autonomy from the federal government has "no legal effect," according to an opinion released by the investigative arm of Congress.
District of Columbia officials would violate federal law if they spent the city's local tax dollars without approval by Congress, despite a referendum approved by voters last year that gives the city that power, the investigative arm of Congress said Thursday.
D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray has renewed a citywide freeze on hiring, pay raises and some travel to keep the city’s spending in line.
The D.C. government has enough money remaining in its contingency reserve fund to pay workers for about a week if the federal shutdown continues, but with no agreement in sight officials are scrambling to find other ways they can ensure employees are paid.
District officials announced Friday the city will pick up trash from federal parks left unserviced during the federal government shutdown.
D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray declared the District's intent to defy a possible federal government shutdown by deeming all employees essential personnel — but it's unclear how far other city leaders will push the rebellion.
Fifty-one days after the D.C. Council passed legislation that would require some large retailers to pay a higher minimum wage, the bill has reached the mayor's desk for either approval or veto.
The District has reached the final countdown in its quest for budget autonomy. Almost over is a waiting period of 35 legislative days during which Congress could attempt to derail a voter-approved charter amendment that lets the city set its own fiscal calendar and spend its own local tax dollars without congressional approval.
The D.C. Council on Wednesday gave final approval to a bill that would raise by 50 percent the minimum wage that certain large retailers would be required to pay, setting up a showdown with Wal-Mart officials who have threatened to alter their plans for six stores in the District if the measure passed.
An independent investigator will review allegations that the board that adjudicates employment disputes in the District discriminated against whites, conservatives and pregnant women, according to Mayor Vincent C. Gray's office.
The executive director of the independent board that rules on labor complaints and resolves collective bargaining impasses between unions and the D.C. government is not a resident of the District, as required by law, but of Virginia.
D.C. residents overwhelmingly cast ballots Tuesday to give the city budget autonomy from Congress, but supporters will be crossing their fingers while counting down the 35 legislative-day period during which federal lawmakers could attempt to derail the approved charter amendment.
A quarter of the District's 39 ambulances were unaccounted for on the night a D.C. police officer injured in a hit-and-run accident had to be taken to a hospital by a transport unit from Prince George's County, city officials said Thursday.
D.C. officials are requiring Donald Trump's organization to pay millions in local property taxes to redevelop the Old Post Office Pavilion into a luxury hotel.
An arbitrator's ruling that D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe unlawfully retaliated against the president of the city firefighters union is "sobering" and "not good for the department," D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said Wednesday.
"You don't get to say it's their fault when you block what other people are doing," spokesman Pedro Ribeiro said, specifically referencing Mr. Wells' opposition last year to Chief Ellerbe's plan to redeploy city ambulances.
"While we are disappointed, we are not surprised by the GAO's legal opinion as it mirrors the opinion that the District's own attorney general rendered to the Board of Elections," spokesman Pedro Ribeiro said. "While we will continue working to secure both budget and legislative autonomy for the District, we intend to comply with all valid federal and local laws."