Wednesday, May 25, 2011

May 25 budget update

  • The City Council will meet May 25 at 9:30 am (note new time) to vote on the FY 2012 budget.
  • Ward 3 CM Mary Cheh emailed (Word, .doc) her colleagues May 24 to present the budget support act provisions being moved by the Committee on Government Operations and the Environment.   One item on the list is:
    For the purpose of encouraging the arts in the District of Columbia, the Committee recommends an allocation of $5,000,000 in capital funds to the new Department of General Services to construct an amphitheater along the Klingle Trail in Ward 3. Owing to the efficiency of a much-enlarged agency and the anticipated unanimous agreement among residents, the project is expected to be completed in 90 days. Additionally, $500,000 shall be transferred from the Executive Office of the Mayor to the Commission on Arts and Humanities. These funds shall be used to write, cast, and produce a play entitled Sulaimon Brown’s Service: The Musical. It should be noted, however, that the name is something of a misnomer as the title character, despite much mention, does not ever appear in the production.
  • CFO Natwar Gandhi notified the mayor and City Council May 24 that the provision in the Council's version of the budget request act triggering increases in appropriations is problematic.   The explanation is in the two-page letter (PDF).
  • DC Budget Happy/Crappy Hour, May 25, 5:00 – 8:00 pm at Laughing Man Tavern (1306 G St NW).   Regardless of the outcome of the DC budget vote, there will be much to celebrate and lament.   What better way than over a good, strong drink and rejuvenating snacks?   Feel free to invite volunteers, harried Council staff, and whoever else looks like they could use a shoulder to cry on or back to pat.

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