Term: 4 Years
QUESTION: What would you do specifically to deal with the District's budget crisis? List three programs you would cut or streamline and tell how you would raise additional revenue.
Nancy Lord (L)
2127 California St. NW
Medical-legal consultant; JD, Georgetown Law Center; MD, BS, University of Maryland; John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics; member, Coalition of D.C. Citizens for H.E.A.L.T.H., Drug Policy Foundation, National Drug Strategy Network, Citizens Against Drug Violence, National Abortion Rights Action League, National Taxpayers Union, National Tax Limitation Committee, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, College of Legal Medicine and American Academy of Clinical Toxicology.
A: The people of Washington pay taxes higher than those in 48 states, yet we face a $95 million deficit and deteriorating city services. This is because we have the most bloated bureaucracy in the country. One out of every 13 D.C. residents work for the city government. We spend more per capita than any other city (or state) on virtually every city service. The only way to bring the District's fiscal house in order is to make drastic reductions in the size of the bureaucracy. A token reduction of 2,000 employees is hardly the kind of "housecleaning" that we need. A careful review of the city budget reveals that there are numerous commissions, agencies and programs that can be eliminated without harming essential city services. Some of these are simply unnecessary patronage havens (such as the Boxing Commission). Others are actually counterproductive, working against economic independence and entrepreneurship (such as the police vendors squad and much of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs). As mayor, I would make the tough choices necessary to reduce the bureaucracy and reduce taxes.