Budget Game

How Would You Cut $591 Million From the D.C. Budget?

The District of Columbia is in the process of balancing its budget for fiscal 2010 in a year when, because of the poor economy, it will collect 13 percent less revenue than the $5.8 billion necessary to keep spending on services at the current level. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) recently proposed a budget of $5.4 billion that combines spending reductions with increases of some taxes and fees to close the city's $777 million revenue gap. So how would you handle the budget? Set your revenue and spending priorities below -- balancing the budget to within $50 million -- then save it and compare it with other readers' decisions. (Note: Potential budget impacts are meant only as examples and may not reflect city budgeting priorities.)

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