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Highlights of the D.C. budget

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Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, May 27, 2010

The D.C. Council voted Wednesday to approve the city's $5.3 billion spending plan for fiscal 2011, approving changes to the proposal by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D).

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The council:

-- Extended the city's 6 percent sales tax to sweetened drinks and also agreed to tax medical marijuana.

-- Rejected Fenty's proposal to use revenue from the 5 cent tax on shopping bags to pay for street sweeping so that revenue remains in the Anacostia River Cleanup Fund.

-- Reduced the Summer Youth Employment program so students can work no more than 25 hours per week.

-- Restored $250,000 to pay for statehood advocacy.

-- Rejected Fenty's proposal to raise parking meter rates.

-- Restored $1 million for interim disability assistance and $1 million for housing vouchers for the poor.

-- Rejected Fenty's proposal to cut adult job training by $2.5 million.

-- Tim Craig


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