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AUGUST 3: Kids at Work
Today’s Event: I’m mad as hell about the Summer Youth Employment Program’s cost overruns. The D.C. Council held a hearing yesterday on Fenty’s request to extend the program, and discovered that the mayor’s political ambitions have (again) got the best of him. The Post reported this morning that the administration took millions from services for needy families and used it to supplement the jobs program. Now Fenty wants to extend the program. Mary Cheh sums up my feelings perfectly in the Examiner: “To borrow a phrase from my daughter, this blows.”
But: Today, the D.C. Council voted to reject Fenty’s jobs extension by a 9 to 2 vote. Gray voted with the majority, rejecting the argument that a no vote meant you hated young people. WaPo quotes a disappointed kid who broke out in tears after the vote. Sorry kid, but Gray did the right thing.