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Leader of the Pack: Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry is the pied piper of the D.C. Council, leading his colleagues into the no-income-tax-increase-for-the-wealthy zone, according to Freemon Klopott of the Examiner. Barry has seemingly defected from his stance supporting Mayor Vince Gray‘s proposed income tax on those making $200,000 a year or more, giving Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown the win in almost entirely symbolic budget battle with the mayor. “‘Once he had Barry, the rest of us fell in line,’ one council member told The Washington Examiner, referring to Councilman Marion Barry. In a May 18 memo to Brown, Barry asked for $1.9 million in property tax abatements for six churches and nonprofit organizations in his Ward 8. Look for those tax abatements when Brown’s budget proposal comes out late Tuesday or early Wednesday. ‘No comment,’ Brown said through a spokeswoman Monday when asked about the abatements. Barry did not respond to requests for comment. Barry’s likely support became the seventh vote needed to pass anything on the D.C. Council. After Brown had seven, other council members were left with little advantage to go against the chairman and swung his way. A budget vote that once looked like it could come down to 7-6 might now be in the chairman’s favor by a much wider majority.” This bit o’ news is not sitting well with the advocacy group Save Our Safety Net, which is planning a noon protest today at the Wilson Building. They also made some videos directed at Brown and Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh. Millions in tax abatements and no tax increases? LL’s no math whiz, but he wonders how that combination will help close the budget gap.
AFTER THE JUMP:Principal investigated; Barry Dances on Grave of Catania’s Pension Bill; Brown to focus on gun violence after budget …
Probably Not Going to Evaluated as Highly Effective: “A D.C. middle school principal is under internal investigation over allegations that she fought with two students in the last two months — one a 12-year-old girl whom the principal is accused of punching in the face and the other an 11-year-old girl whose mother said she hit her head against a wall because of the altercation,” reports the Post.
More Attention: Barry also held a news conference yesterday to protest a pension reform bill that everyone already knew was dead. Barry said he held the news conference because he wanted to get the word out that the bill was “isn’t going nowhere.” And also probably because it’s Councilmember David Catania‘s bill, and there’s nothing like rubbing a little salt in your enemy’s wounds, no? Wait, hold the phone. LL just got an email from Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr.‘s office saying that Thomas is planning on having his very own news conference on Wednesday showcasing his opposition to the bill. Do the unions think Adrian Fenty is still mayor? Why this unnecessary show of force?
Viva Las Vegas: Be sure and check out Postie Jonathan O’Connell‘s Twitter feed for the latest tidbits on what the District’s elected officials are doing at the shopping center conference in Las Vegas. So far, it looks like a lot of eating and more eating.
New Priority: Brown tells Examiner columnist Harry Jaffe that once the budget is done with, he’s going to make gun violence “my issue.” Brown’s comments come in the wake of a cop being shot three times, allegedly by a 15-year-old.
In Other News: D.C. Hospitals want their bed taxes raised instead of losing Medicaid money. Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh to testify against AU expansion plan. Former WCP scribe Jason Cherkis is shining star at panel on reporting juvenile justice issues.
Gray sked: Vegas, all day.
Council sked: Hearing on 11th Street hiring practices at 10 a.m.