Saying the District is “in danger of becoming a city of only haves,” Mayor Vince Gray will announce a proposal to spend $100 million on building and preserving 10,000 affordable housing units in his yearly “State of the District” speech tonight.
Gray will also propose bringing back earmarks—-sort of. According to an advance copy of his speech, Gray will say that when he ended earmarks as D.C. Council chairman, it “was the right thing to do then and it remains the right thing to keep in place now.”
“But at the same time, we shouldn’t throw the baby out with the bath water,” Gray’s speech reads. (Maybe he’ll decide not to use that cliche in the real thing.)
Gray will propose the creation of a new $15 million One City Fund, that will award up to $100,000 grants to competing nonprofit organizations.
The other big announcement: Gray will propose an unspecified raise for city workers.
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