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A slightly less groggy LL is taking yet another look at the FY2010 budget proposed by the D.C. Council. Another sizable new item he initially missed: Looks like Emancipation Day is back in full.
Originally proposed under Mayor Adrian M. Fenty‘s budget plan to move from a full public holiday to an optional “private” holiday, the change was intended to save about $1.2 million on overtime costs for vital employees required to work on the day off. That money has been restored, taken from the operating budgets of nine agencies under the council plan, which will be subject to a full council vote.
In other good news for District employees, the council is proposing restoring $8.3 million to a city fund intended to finance pay raises for union workers. The mayor had proposed zeroing out that fund over the course of the four-year financial plan. Now $8.3 million ain’t a lot, but it’s enough that city employees can at least expect their COLAs.