Obama’s Proposal To Cut Metro Funds Upsets Local Leaders, Puzzles Mayor
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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — President Barack Obama’s proposed budget would slash $15 million in federal spending earmarked for repairs on Metro, a decision that is ruffling the feathers of local leaders.
The government previously pledged to contribute $150 million per year for the next 10 years to aid in the repairs. Maryland, Virginia and D.C. would then contribute $50 million in additional funds.
“I don’t know why he did it,” Mayor Vincent Gray told NBC 4.
Officials have sent a strongly worded letter to Capitol Hill stating the cuts could have severe consequences. The same officials estimated that 40 percent of Metro riders are federal employees.
D.C. Council member Jim Graham hinted the federal cuts could be mirrored by the surrounding region.
By law, the District, Maryland and Virginia may reduce their matching funds by the same percentage (10 percent), meaning Metro would be out as much as $30 million each year.
“You have a group of people who agreed to do something and then one of them becomes a piker,” Graham told All-News 99.1 WNEW.