A $400 million windfall for D.C.

January 28, 2013

A surplus may not translate into service restoration unless CFO Nat Gandhi ups his projections of future revenue. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)

The District’s fiscal 2012 budget surplus, set to be officially announced Tuesday, is in the $400 million range, The Post’s Tim Craig reported Friday. The surplus could make an already flush fund balance even flusher, but pressure is already mounting on Mayor Vincent C. Gray to use at least some of the cash to fund city programs for the needy. However, much will depend on Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi and whether he will be willing to increase his revenue projections for this year and beyond — something he has thus far been reticent to do in the face of the ongoing uncertainty about federal spending.

In other news:

The last days of Joey Belcher, H Street impresario (Post)

Tony Williams holds forth on D.C.’s uncertain future (WAMU-FMWRC-TV)

Human Rights Watch responds to Cathy Lanier: “We have learned to approach MPD claims with a degree of skepticism.” (Post op-ed)

Phil Mendelson tells Cathy Lanier to tone it down: “Name calling doesn’t help” (Post)

Jim Graham’s lawyers address ethics probe: “When you look at the facts, it is clear that he has done nothing wrong.”(Post op-ed)

UDC cuts nearly 100 positions (Post)

Former D.C. Council candidate Dee Hunter admits to stealing $109,000 from his law clients, is likely to be jailed (Legal Times)

David Catania digs in to his education portfolio: “I want to engender an outrage in the city about the level of truancy and educational failure.” (Post)

Police sex-assaults report is Tommy Wells’s time to shine (Examiner)

Skyland Town Center: $30 million in taxpayers dollars and counting (Capital Business)

Chartered Health Plan is in a serious billing dispute with MedStar (WBJ)

In other MedStar news: Plans to open urgent care clinics in Capitol Hill and Adams Morgan (WBJ)

Takoma Park teen Siobhan Lee is victim of Friday morning shooting; arrest is made (PostHomicide Watch)

Five shot at Benning Road nightspot (PostWJLA-TV)

Ambulance crash near United Medical Center kills one (Post)

A year later, family and friends remember slain transgender woman Deoni Jones (Blade)

No, Fred Smoot did not urinate on himself at Capitol Police station, lawyer says (WashingtonianDeadspin)

“How Garrison Elementary Was Saved” (UrbanTurf)

Why only one development team bid on Hill East parcel (Flahaven)

No, Donald, you can’t have a tax break for your Old Post Office hotel (Capital Business)

Irv Nathan sails clear of Jack’s Boathouse drama (Housing Complex)

More from the Cafritz apartment meeting (GGW)

Twenty-seven years for the fourth and final man involved in killing of DCPS principal Brian Betts (Post)

Antoine Jones mounts his third defense — personally, this time (PostWaTimes)

Will Metro expansion plans include — at last — a Georgetown station? (G’town Metropolitan)

Churches pay to let patrons park in underused DCUSA garage (GGW)

How green are our roofs (WAMU-FM)

Superior Court judge: Elder abuse is on the rise (WTOP)

Summer jobs: Now less messy than with Fenty (Examiner)

D.C. theater — second only to NYC? (WTOP)

Nordstrom Rack will replace Borders space at 18th and L streets NW (Capital Business)

Drunkest guy you’ve ever seen gets into it with FEMS (City Desk)

Your new racing president: William Howard Taft (D.C. Sports Bog)

We still love you, Drew — just don’t do it again (Post)

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Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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