Budget Bits: What You Need to Know About the Budget the D.C. Council Passed Yesterday

Yesterday the D.C. Council passed a $9.4 billion 2013 budget on a first vote; a second and final vote will come on June 5. The council’s spending plan for the coming fiscal year made a number of changes to the proposal presented by Mayor Vince Gray in late March, though much of what Gray proposed remains. Here are some of the things you should know for the 2013 fiscal year, which starts in October.  1) No new taxes. 2) Good news for affordable housing in D.C., which is quite scarce these days—D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown reinstated $18 million dollars to the Housing Production Trust Fund and added $4 million to a local rent subsidy program and $2.5 million to the Home Purchase Assistance Program. 3) Gray and Councilmember David Catania (I-At Large) worked together to save $20 million in funding for the D.C. Healthcare Alliance, a program that offers health care to 19,000 undocumented immigrants in the city.



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