DC Mayor Vetoes $10.6 Billion Budget

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WASHINGTON — District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray has vetoed the $10.6 billion budget approved by the D.C. Council.

Gray said Friday that he can’t “in good conscience” support a spending plan that cuts funding for the city’s streetcar system, taxes yoga classes and gym memberships and defunds property tax relief for senior citizens.

The Democratic mayor is asking the council to spend the next 30 days working with his office on a compromise.

Gray also says the budget will hinder future mayors from responding to fiscal problems. The mayor lost his re-election bid in the April Democratic primary to Councilmember Muriel Bowser.

A spokeswoman for Council Chairman Phil Mendelson says a vote on overriding the veto is scheduled for Monday. The council approved the budget by a 12-1 margin.

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