‘Severely negative consequences’ at hand?

October 9, 2013

People sit near the U.S. Capitol’s reflecting pool in Washington. (Mark Wilson / Getty Images)

Mayor Vincent C. Gray shifted his shutdown tone Tuesday, moving from it’s-business-as-usual to warnings of “severely negative consequences” should the congressional impasse last much beyond next week. The city has already suspended many payments, including health-care funding and its quarterly contribution to Metro, and charter schools could be badly affected if a scheduled Oct. 29 transfer is missed. Despite the outward talk of crisis, however, talks are underway inside the John A. Wilson Building on whether the city can tap an additional half-billion dollars in reserve funds. At least $110 million are available should Gray opt to declare a state of emergency, with much more potentially available should city lawyers sign off. Don’t expect to hear much about that today, however, as Gray joins Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) to harangue President Obama and Senate Democrats for not moving on legislation that would in fact return the District to business (mostly) as usual.

In other news:

Gray’s latest thoughts on the Redskins: “I say ‘the Washington football team’” (WTTG-TV)

Recommendations of public education adequacy study will cost at least $180 million a year (Post)

Unified public school enrollment lottery will debut next year (Post)

Charles Willoughby needs to get along better with the ethics board (Post editorial)

Tommy Wells finds 13 businesses ready to commit to higher minimum wage (WJLA-TVDCist)

Meanwhile, the D.C. Department of Employment Services wants a minimum wage study (WBJ)

Keely Thompson will be sentenced today for stealing city funds (Post)

John Constantino immolated himself due to mental illness, family says, not politics (PostAP)

Miriam Carey was driving backward when she was shot by police, document indicates (Post)

LAYC furloughs 75 employees due to shutdown (AP)

Mary’s Center says it may not be able to make payroll on Oct. 18 if shutdown continues (City Desk)

Brookland is judged Metro’s most dangerous station (MetroWRC-TV)

Won’t someone think of the film crews? (DCist)

Maryland hospital moves could impact D.C. hospitals’ bottom lines (WBJ)

Mary Cheh holds hearing on DMV ticket adjudication (WRC-TVWJLA-TVWJLA-TVWTOP)

No taxis yet impounded over credit-card requirement (DCist)

DCPS is now one of the agencies included in the marginally useful Grade DC (GGW)

Developer’s West Heating Plant plans would tear down three of four walls (Dish)

Marc Barnes wants ANC to trash Park at 14th liquor license agreement (SALM)

The fading of an H Street men’s boutique, caught on film (Arts Desk)

Imitation Vietnam Memorial set up on Georgetown University quad (DCist)

Imitation cranberry bog set up in front of Union Station (DCist)

It’s finally here: A for-profit robotics lab of our own (Housing Complex)

Throw your hat in for a D.C. Court of Appeals seat (Post)

Otto Porter is a better person than you (Post letter)

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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