Straight talk from the D.C. Auditor

May 25, 2023

Budget Brouhaha

We’re near the end of the District’s FY 2024 budget debate with Council expected to give final approval of the local budget on May 30. Both branches of government agree it’s been a challenge but some of the rhetoric and decisions to date have been crazy-making. This new post lists the top four instances of language or decisions we’ve found particularly irksome: a $1.7 billion “deficit”; the “finding” of money; taking a broom to special purpose revenue funds; and using one-time federal funds for ongoing, recurring needs that will continue when the COVID funds run out at the end of 2024.

Do we really have a $1.7 billion deficit? Are we heading for “a bit of a fiscal cliff” as described by D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson? Here’s what Kathy thinks.

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