A federal judge on Monday barred the District of Columbia from implementing a law that purported to allow the city to spend its local tax dollars without authorization from Congress.
Oral arguments are set to begin in a lawsuit that’s pitting one branch of District of Columbia government against another.
The D.C. Council is suing Mayor Vincent Gray’s office over a law that gives the city more control over its local budget.
Members of the House representing the District are pushing to move forward on budget autonomy in the nation’s capital, and have committed Senator Mark Begich (D-Alaska) to help their efforts.
D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is applauding the fact that Pres. Barack Obama’s fiscal 2015 budget includes language about granting the District budget and legislative autonomy.
The investigative arm of Congress says a referendum passed by District of Columbia voters to give the city more control over its own budget has “no legal effect.”
The partial government shutdown made it even more abundantly clear to D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray that the city’s finances are too intricately connected with the federal government, he said in his weekly radio address exclusive to All News 99.1.
A leading House Republican has introduced a new bill that would give the District of Columbia more control over its municipal budget, a move that creates more uncertainty around a referendum approved by district voters that would do many of the same things.
An effort by District of Columbia residents to give the city government more control over its municipal budget is about to reach a milestone.
A report from House Republicans is dismissing the District’s budget autonomy referendum as nonbinding.