About those tax cuts …


D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson’s budget package didn’t get a full vetting from financial officials ahead of a May vote. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

You’ll recall that, last month, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson slashed Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s pet streetcar program, opting instead for a broad package of tax cuts recommended by the Tax Revision Commission. While the mayor seethed, the chairman burnished a new reputation for fiscal responsibility. Three weeks later, things don’t look so rosy: The council’s budget still doesn’t have the blessing of Chief Financial Officer Jeff DeWitt, whose staff did not fully vet the council’s budget before it was passed, delaying a final budget vote for two weeks. The upshot is that the tax cuts will be subject to fiscal “triggers” — in other words, if city revenues don’t grow enough, the cuts won’t happen as scheduled.

In other news:

David Catania discusses his late mother and the abuse she endured (WRC-TV)

“Why Every City Needs a Yoga Tax” (CityLab)

Mark Tuohey, defense attorney and former Sports Commission chair, launches attorney general run (DofD)

House backs off on D.C. TAG cuts; no new riders … yet (DofD)

Congress wants street named for Chinese dissident; Council wants street near Capitol named “No Taxation Without Representation Way” (WaTimesRoll CallWAMU-FM)

Looks as though Ron Machen will be prosecuting an accused Benghazi terrorist (Post)

Second body found behind Shaw rowhouse where bizarre killing took place last week (PostAP)

Remembering D.C.’s last serial murderer, The Princeton Place killer, 20 years later (Post)

It’s hot our there (PostCWG)

So visit a spray park (PoPville)

But don’t open up a hydrant (WTOP)

Tom Sherwood says no to Terry Gainer’s Capitol security plan: “Where does this end?” (WRC-TV)

Eaton Elementary students get Catania to pursue an official D.C. rock (Post)

Jack Evans wants to recess soccer-stadium hearing during World Cup game (Loose LipsWBJ)

Cathy Lanier meets her LGBT critics (Metro Weekly)

The story of #kreppmentum (DCist)

At east-of-the-river meeting, suspicions abound that new school boundary plan would cut off access to west-of-the-park schools (Post)

Under new boundaries, “almost half of all of the city’s middle school students would be assigned to a new school” (WAMU-FM)

Power-line undergrounding plan goes to Public Service Commission (Post)

“We do not believe that Uber should be able to operate without oversight. But professional licensing requirements too often go beyond reasonable consumer protections and become pernicious limits on competition.” (Post editoral)

Reminder: Minimum wage goes to $9.50 on July 1 (DCist)

With zoning request moving forward, Barry Farm activists keep up the fight (WaTimes)

Virginia Avenue Tunnel recommendation includes “road diet” (WashCycle)

A meandering path to a NoMa park (GGW)

See the $45 million plans to remake the Eastern Market Metro plaza (Capitol Hill Corner)

Wisconsin Avenue Giant construction is well underway; complaints continue (Current via Dish)

GSA building swap could be derailed by landmarking bid (WBJ)

D.C. prevails in key ruling in lawsuit against alleged Medicaid fraudsters (Courthouse News)

Arrest made in Metropolitan Branch Trail attack (Post)

David Grosso talks about his weekend in prison (MSNBC)

Jim Abdo runs into big trouble in Little Washington (Digger)

Why not name Union Station after A. Philip Randolph, patron of porters? (Post letter)

Rush Limbaugh would be happier if Busboys & Poets sold his books (City Desk)

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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