‘Prosperity dividend’ reinvestment plan

All told, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray proposed as much as $200 million worth of spending Tuesday night. (Astrid Riecken/The Washington Post)

Two years into his mayoral term, Vincent C. Gray finally expects to have money to spend. And in his third State of the District address Tuesday, he laid out how he plans to spend it, laying out initiatives that could cost $200 million or more. That includes a $100 million investment in affordable housing production, a down payment on a stated goal of 10,000 units produced or preserves. That also includes an untold amount in raises for District government employees and a $15 million “One City Fund” that would deliver competitive grants to local nonprofits. There wasn’t any talk of ethics woes or federal investigations, but there were a whole lot of sports metaphors: “Both our baseball and football teams had breakthrough seasons,” he said. “And just as these great professional teams are getting things done and making us proud, so, too, is the District of Columbia making big things happen.” More from Housing ComplexWBJExaminerLoose Lips and WAMU-FM.

In other news:

Publicity-shy rail heir’s death means windfall for local charity (Post)

Two found dead inside burned Fairlawn apartment building thought to be squatters (PostWUSA-TVWRC-TV)

Darrell Issa says “dusted-off, slightly changed approach” to budget autonomy could appear in federal spending legislation (Roll Call)

Tommy Wells wants to force Capitol Hill power plant to stop burning coal (Post)

David Catania proposes to make cheating on standardized tests illegal (PostExaminer)

Muriel Bowser wants to end TV-only jail visits (WRC-TV)

Jack Evans and Vincent Orange move to make sure the FBI stays in D.C. (ExaminerDCist)

Dorothy Brizill browbeats Kenyan McDuffie into scrapping ethics board emergency bill (Examiner)

Jim Graham proposes to legislate against car alarms (DCist)

Evans says the Ravens are “a team very close to our heart” (Sports Bog)

Wells proposes making it easier for heathens to get married (DCist)

Is the Post headquarters building historic? (WBJ)

Why Graham’s ethics “scapegoat” claims don’t hold water (Post letter)

Mooching Washington is “America’s real Second City” (City JournalCity Desk)

Why Phil Mendelson is a johnny-come-lately to cops hiring (Examiner)

Man is shot by police responding to domestic call (WJLA-TV)

Wells campaign pitch: “This government is a mess and it can only be straightened out by the citizens of D.C.” (Hill Rag)

“Do DC’s Tax Incentives Work? No One Actually Knows!” (DCFPI)

Michelle “I Don’t Love Publicity” Rhee does her thing on the “Daily Show” (Answer Sheet)

Rhee takes her book tour to D.C. next week (DCist)

DDOT ponders which neighborhoods will get performance parking next (WTOP)

Why can’t ANC 5D meet somewhere inside ANC 5D? (GGW)

UDC pool lifeguards go unpaid (WJLA-TV)

I-Team prods Cathy Lanier into cracking down on ticket scalping (WRC-TV)

Occupy DC lives on, in federal court (Legal Times)

Take a D.C. streetcar ride — in the late 1950s (GGW)

A night at the Scientology theater (Washingtonian)

Five greater greater years (GGW)

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.



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