Statement from Chairman Brown on the FY2012 Supplemental Budget Request | Politics
From Allison Abney: Today, DC Council Chairman Kwame Brown released the following statement after the Council passed supplemental funding for DC Public Charter Schools and the Unemployment Compensation Fund:
“Today, the Council passed supplemental funding for DC Public Charter Schools and the Unemployment Compensation Fund; two programs that the CFO has identified as needing immediate additional funding and being at risk of violating the District’s Anti-Deficiency laws.
After careful consideration, the Council decided not to take up the Mayor’s entire supplemental budget bill today. The Council has not received the official revised supplemental budget request from the Mayor, and is unable to consider legislation we do not have.
As stewards of the public trust, the Council has an interest in, and a duty to formulate policies and establish programs that promote the interests of the public. How we manage the District’s finances will determine the long term success of our city. It is our responsibility to carefully examine all spending requests and only allocate funds when it is absolutely necessary.
As promised, the Council will consider moving a supplemental budget bill that addresses the other, less immediate spending pressures when the Mayor officially transmits a revised supplemental package that is vetted adequately and fully accounts for the spending pressures he wants addressed.”