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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 01/31/2012

DeMorning Links: More magic money


D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown (l) and Mayor Vincent Gray, seen last January, gave each other pats on the back at yesterday’s announcement. (Katherine Frey - THE WASHINGTON POST)
Finding an extra $240 million in the savings account is an enviable problem for the District to have. But it remains, in some respects, a problem. Why, then, were city officials battling for months over spending cuts and tax hikes that amounted to a fraction of the eventual surplus? Why did the council vote to furlough city employees? Why all the gloom and doom around the city’s financial position? Part of the answer lies in the difference between a one-time cash windfall and sustainable revenue growth. The rest, of course, is politics. The D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute has a good Q&A on what the surplus means and doesn’t mean.

In other news:

Cabbies show up en masse to oppose taxi reform bill (Post, WTTG-TV, Examiner, WRC-TV, City Paper)

Proposed $24 million Pepco rate hike has some residents irate (WJLA-TV, WAMU-FM)

Gray wants inspector general to probe Peaceoholics housing deal (Post)

iGaming repeal “should be an easy vote — and not because the pros or cons of such gambling are obvious. The issue here is a process so corrupted that, regardless of whether wagering makes sense, the council would be wrong to proceed with the current proposal.” (Post editorial)

How to not camp in McPherson Square (Post)

Federal judge to hear Occupy D.C. cases this morning ()Crime Scene)

More on the fiscal year 2011 CAFR and the $240M surplus (WBJ, WBJ, Loose Lips, WaTimes, Examiner, WAMU-FM)

Don Peebles still talks a big game (WaTimes)

How residents and Cultural Tourism DC are preserving the history of H Street — where, incidentally, WRC-TV’s Pat Collins grew up (Post)

More on why shooting film and TV productions in D.C. is hard (Post, Washingtonian)

Cuccinelli presses for, and receives, regional meeting on the D.C. animal control bill (Examiner)

Taxi Commission-Uber fight hits Morning Edition (NPR)

A car-sharing service Adrian Fenty could love (The 42)

It’s DCPS lottery time! (D.C. Schools Insider)

Ritz-Carlton owner could be in trouble — and, hey, Jonathan’s back! (Capital Business)

Those involved in fatal police chase were between 17 and 19 years old (Crime Scene)

One victim, 18, was a DYRS ward (WaTimes)

Harry Jaffe to Occupy: “Move out and dress up.” (Examiner)

Lower Connecticut Avenue could get more planted medians (DCmud)

Gee, those trollies were nice (Post letter)

Fort Lincoln Costco development breaks ground today (Housing Complex)

As you might expect, WTU president isn’t so jazzed about facilities study recommending charter sell-off (Examiner)

Georgetown ANC still doesn’t like GU campus plan (The Hoya)

But they’re down with new plan for Evermay manor (G’town Dish)

Yay for D.C.’s science education standards (Examiner)

Max Skolnik gets some ink from alma mater’s student paper(Hatchet)

How D.C. now is like New York in the ’70s (Dr. Gridlock)

Ward 8 council candidate Darrell Gaston introduces himself to the urbanist crowd (GGW)

The fabness of DC Fab (TBD)

Eat your beer (All We Can Eat)

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