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JANUARY 1997
101 Editor NYT: Staying Afloat in DC (Control Board actions)
108 Behr/Harris DC Council Votes to Cut Costs to Businesses in City (unempl benefits closer to MD,VA)
110 Janofsky NYT::Glimmer of Hope on DC's Raod to Financial Recovery
110 Editor Winning Back Businesses in DC
111 Lewis IN DC, Unsung new Signs of Progress and Purpose
112 Powell Control Boards Don't Last Forever:courting trouble by excluding elected leaders
113 Editor Crunch Time in the District (budget gap, layoffs)
113 Vise/Chandler Clinton Proposes US Run Many DC Services (NCRSGIP--"grand swap)
115 Behr Additional Remedies Needed for DC Economy, Business Leaders Say
115 Jim Walsh Making a Positive Difference in DC (swan song)
115 Powell/Vise Analysts Call (Clinton) Plan Good Step for DC (Dearborn, Harlan, Wyner)
115 Loeb DC Officials Give Clinton Plan Mostly High Praise (?s re sentencing guidelines)
115 Vise Clinton Plan for DC Meets Resistance: Key GOP leaders criticize proposals)
115 Editor Helping Hand for City (begins serious discussion of DC restructuring)
115 Williams Activists Worry re Home Rule (more fed involvement irks vets of DC wars)(Hobson, Croft, et. al.)
116 Chandler/Vise President Late but Enthusiastic Convert to Crusade to Rally DC
117 Vise DC to Pick Up Pace on Budget, Fiscal Chief (Williams) Says ($138M cuts for '98)
118 Harris A Skeptical View of New Clinton Plan (litany of local opinions)
118 Powell DC Union Audit Reveals $500K Missing : Local Officials Suspended--US Atty probing)
120 Vise Barry Steps Up Timetable for Balanced Budget (to 1998)
121 Buchholz Ltr to WP: A Real Plan for DC (sounds like me)
122 Editor The Orphaned Capital (support for O'Cleireacain's revenue plan)
123 Vise Some Control Board Members Say Clinton Rescue Plan Shortchanges DC
129 Vise Norton Challenges Neighbors in push for DC Tax Cuts--Clinton Supports Ec Incentive
129 Clinton Press Conf: Clinton Support for ec incentives
FEBRUARY, 1997
201 Vise Control Board Blasts DC's Contracting
203 Vise Barry Offers $3.3 Billion Budget: Finance Chief Assails Debt Maneuver
204 Vise Barry Unbending on Debt Proposal, Under Attack
204 Editor A Budget or a Buyout?
205 Editor Bookkeeping in the District (if not cooked, scrambled)
205 Vise Fiscal Chief (Williams) Puts His Job on the Line: Vows Action on Audit Report
212 Editor Consensus or Confrontation (on 98 Budget now coming apart)
215 Loose DC Paying $23M in No-bid Warehouse Lease--'89 Deal Involved Old Barry Friend
217 Loeb Budget Strategies Target DC's Most Desperate
MARCH, 1997
303 Mayer/Haggerty Home Buyers Knocking on DC's Door -- sales prices up...have bottomed out?
304 Vise Control Board Sharply Critical in Rejecting Barry Budget PLan
304 Loeb Homeowners File Protest at Tax Office -- over property tax increases
305 Powell DC Finance Chief to Privatize Tax, Payroll Services
306 Editor Dept of Finance and Rigamarole--false real estate tax increases
308 Vise Control Board Demands Shake-up in Contracting--dysfunctional system, no basic skills
311 Vise Clinton Proposes ($300M) Plan to Stimulate DC Economy
326 Loeb New DC (Property) Tax Bills Will Restore Exemptions
APRIL, 1997
403 Vise Control Board to Seek Money for Police Raise--from White House, Congress
408 Harris DC Budget Drama Plays to Packed House--activists put Council in spotlight
409 Vise DC Rescue Plan Gets Nudge from VA's Davis--taking lead in drafting bill
412 Vise White House Outlines Conditions for Increased Aid to DC in MOU to Barry
419 Vise DC Bid for Federal Funds Hits Unforseen Hurdle--White HOuse Resistance
424 Vise OMB Chief Rejects DC Request for US funds for Schools Police
427 Vise White House Rescue Plan for DC in Jeopardy--after requesting more aid
428 Harris DC Agrees of $45M Cuts to Balance DC (98?) Budget
429 Editor The DC Council's Big Moment--OK White House MOU, but work for changes
430 Vise/Harris DC Council Passes '98 Budget Says Balanced--critics say on backs of poor
MAY, 1997
507 Vise/Harris DC Council Rejects White House Rescue Plan--concerned by home rule, aid cuts
508 Editor The DC Council Bailout--rejecting White House plan called shortsighted
508
Cropp Says Talks Continuing on White House Plan
509 Vise/Harris DC Council to Reconsider White House Rescue Plan--with added language on federal payment
510 Vise/Mooar DC Council Approves US Aid Package--dispute continues over annual payment
511 Editor Businesses Generating Businesses--praising Prince George's Ec Development Corp
512 Editor Next Step for the Clinton Pan--DC Council has to help in"heavy lifting"
513 Editor The Barry and Control Board Polls--long way to go, little help from Barry
514 Farhi The Sad State of Cable by Remote Control--unfilled orders,piracy plague DC Service
516 Harris/Vise Senate Group to Push Tax Cut for DC Residents (Lott, Mack, Lieberman, Brownback)
518 Loeb Control Board, DC Finance Chief Spend 18 Million on Consultants
519 **WSJ Editor Fixing A Flat--supporting Norton Tax Plan!
520 Vise (DC '98) Budget Plan (for $5.2B) Fails Control Board's Test--to be turned down
520 Singletary New (Banking) Organization to Make Poor DC Communities Its Business
529 Vise/Lipton Wall Street Looks Kindly on DC's New Bond Issue (6.1% vs 5.2% for Fairfax County)
JUNE, 1997
604 Editor 'Unwarranted Intrusions': Rep Taylor (R-NC) taking off after Barry in DC 97 supplemental bill
604 Vise/Harris Fireworks Accompany Council's Vote To Approve $5.2 Billion DC Budget
605 Vise/Wilgoren Lawmaker's Demands Kill DC Plea for US Funds: Rep. Taylor was after Barry's power
606 Vise DC Fiscal Chief Williams Regrets Power Struggle (supported Rep Taylor move)
607 Editor The City's Trouble on the Hill: Taylor and Williams vs Barry discredits Control Board
609 Vise Tax Breaks for DC Clear Hurdle (for low income residents, cap gains tax in distressed areas
610 Chandler Hill Republicans Offer Plan to Cut Taxes--Archer (Hse W & M) includes $325M for DC
610 Vise DC Officials Question GOP Tax Break Plan--(doesn't help middle class, says Barry)
611 Vise Officials Agree: DC Budget Product of a Tangled Process--(has to be voted on 18 times)
612 Editor Mr. Archer's Plan for the District--"an experiment worth watching"
613 Vise DC 1998 Budget Battle to Go to Congress--Competing Plans from DC and Control Board
614 Editor How Not to Write a DC Budget (local and appointed leaders couldn't do the job)
620 Vise House Gov't Oversight Comm Votes to Restructure US Relationship with DC--i.e. Clinton plan
621 Vise/Chandler Senate Panel's DC Tax Plan Brings Praise from Norton--different than House plan
621 Editor A Measure to Save the City--will Davis Plan (above) improve chances to revitalize city?
626 Vise DC Tax Cut Not So Costly, Study Projects--Norton, Senators still pushing 15% flat tax
628 Vise Tax Breaks for DC Move Ahead on Hill--Senate OKs its version--adds $50M for school repairs
JULY, 1997
703 Vise Finance Chief (Williams)'s Credibility With Control Board Erodes (bad data on police raise)
704 Vise DC Federal Aid Plan in Trouble in Senate (Brownback wants school vouchers, pension study)
710 Vise DC Board Pulls Brimmer into Cooperative Strategy (urging closer ties to City Leaders)
710 Vise White House Seeks to Propel DCAid Plan (asking Lott to Ignore Brownback riders)
711 Woodlee DC Hoteliers Fear Tax to Fund ($90M Shortfall) Convention Center
711 Vise DC Officials Pull Together to Push (Competing) Budgets on Hill (Mayor v Council v Board)
712 Fountain Neighbors Criticize User Fees at DC Public Pools ($1 for kids, $3 for adults)
723 Vise DC Faces $200MGap without Rescue Package, Officials Warn: Faircloth wants Mgmt Reforms
731 Vise White House, Hill Leader Settle on Plan Putting Control Board in Charge of Most of City Gov't
731 Twomey The Price of DC's Salvation: unreconciled balance between city and shrine
731 Behr Tax Breaks As Lifeline; Plan Would Aid Some DC Home Buyers, Businesses
AUGUST, 1997
804BehrWhere the Tax Break for DC Investors Would Apply--includes Georgetown and White House?
829WilliamsDistrict Expects ($197M) Windfall from Aid Plan: Williams: reduce debt; Barry: employee bonus, etc.
830BehrHigh Level DC Commission to Seek End to DC Rent Controls: wholesale changes to attract investors
SEPTEMBER, 1997
903Loeb/ThompsonBarry Faults DC Finance Chief for delaying approval of $400K to extend summer recreation program
905LoebDC to Send Congress Consensus '98 Budget--mayor, council, fin officer to agree on use of savings
913HarrisDC Lottery Profits Fall (Another) $6M to $69M--aided by competition from MD and VA games
924ClaiborneState Treasuries (nationwide) Awash in $14.4B Surplus (MD +$634M; VA +$255M)--not DC!
924WoodleeControl Board Rejects DC Request to Audit It--claims auditor does not have oversight
OCTOBER, 1997
1003CohnDC to Charge for Ground Water Outflow (from bldg sump pumps)--called anti-business, "lunatic fringe"
1005LoebHouse Bill on DC Runs Gamut--Issues Big and Small Tacked On--Rome burns, Taylor fiddles
1007ViseBrimmer Blasts Congressman(Taylor) in Finance Overhaul Dispute--for "contract steering"
1007ViseGOP Would Delay DC Budget (To Add) Vouchers, Says (House Majority Leader) Armey
1008EditorDoes (North Carolina's) 11th District Know?--about Taylor's "unseemly practice" of steering contracts
1009EditorThe House at its Worst on DC--silly, showboating indulgences of Congressman (Taylor)
1010WilliamsDC Employment Services Under Fire--Council Member Patterson criticizes contract waste
1011ViseClinton Would Veto DC Budget over Vouchers, Other Issues, Aides Say--opposing Hill micromgmt
1011EditorGood for Mrs. Patterson--supports going public on dubious contracting by DC Employment Services
1015Perez-RivasMontgomery (County) Splits Over Budget Surplus--debate spending options: road repairs vs tax credits
1022ViseDC Finance Chief Warns of $100M Shortfall--due to Senate dispute over unrelated immigration rider
1028Staff(DC) Budget Bill Closer to Passing Congress--stripping riders, rewriting voucher add-on to allow veto
1029ViseAccord Reached that Could Clear ($4.2B) DC Budget Bill--Davis rewrites, Taylor inputs sidelined
1030EditorBad DC Bill, but Getting Better--Gingrich had Davis undo Taylor's damage--vouchers not critical issue
NOVEMBER, 1997
1101HaggertyTax Credit Sways Many Prospective DC Home Buyers: $5000 Makes House in the city even better
1102Vise/LoebControl Bd Faces Array of Costly Fixes for DC: near- and long-term fixes needed. Faircloth urges push
1104Vise/LoebBrimmer Lays Out Fix-Up Priorities: Cleaner Streets, Fire Dept Overhaul, reorganization
1107ViseRunning DC, They Can't Hide: Brimmer's Colleagues Emerging from his Shadow: describes each
1110ThompsonConsultant's Expenses Not Detailed: Control Board Permits Secrecy in Booz- Allen $5M contract
1110ViseSenate Passes $4.2B Budget Bill for District: separates out school vouchers, ignores Taylor items
1112EditorDC Budget--Almost there: Faircloth OK'd consensus budget of Mayor, Council, CntlBd--some riders still in
1113ViseCongress Leaders Agree on DC Budget--divisive items gone: Moran says ought to abolish subcommittee
1114StaffSenate Sends DC FY98 City Budget Bill to President: Norton says Congress shouldn't review
1115Yang(Congressional) Session Changes Gingrich, now more focused, disciplines, less 'vision-oriented'
1117EggenLocalities Take Aim at Tax Cheats--some suburban govts try private collection agents
1120ViseClinton Signs DC Budget Bill--provides millions for DC rescue package--all pleased he 'stepped up'
1123EditorFat City in the Free State--MD taxpayers should be prudent about current budget surplus
1124StaffDC contribution to MCI Center $58.5M so far, raised by bond sale, paid off by special business tax
1125LoebLaw Firm to get $830K to propose Overhaul of DC Regs--as DCBusRegReformComm recommended
1127EditorGood Job, Mr. Cooper: Post praises DC Auditor after criticizing him on appointment
1127LoebBrazil Aims to Streamline City Regulations: Council members raise objections
1130Shea/WynerAmazing, True Story of Something DC Didn't Do Wrong--story of Pension Plan and getting rid of it
DECEMBER, 1997
1204Perez-Rivas(Montgomery Exec) Duncan Says He'll Seek Property Tax Cut--has revenue surplus due to economy
1206ViseBrimmer Announces Major Reform Effort--$100M for city services, gov't operations efficiency
1207RehrmannLet's Eliminate Maryland's (Real) Property Tax: $244M loss still well within expected $1B surplus
1208ViseClinton Touts DC Rights, but Metro Baptist Church speech too mild for Barry, some Council Members
1209CohenWhat Clinton Could Have Said--re student who claimed fear of black crime, now afraid to mention it
1210EditorFine Ones to Complain (re Clinton Church talk)--those being bailed out whine over loss of control of city
1210StaffCouncil Angry over Control Board Exclusion--re discussions of management reform teams' conclusions
1210BabingtonMD Governor Glendening Rejects Call to Cut Property Tax--steer $300M surplus to schools, poor kids
1212MarcusSecret of a Senator's (Brownback's) Success: behind-the-scenes consulting firm steering donations
1213ViseClinton's Aid to DC Wins Him Little but Scorn--city leaders want more --Moran criticizes 'whining ingrates'
1217LoebPresident Clinton Responds to DC leaders' Criticism--says he understands their accumulated frustration
1217Press ConfClinton welcomes criticism to do more--sez 'keeping pushing' but ultimately up to city shape its life
1219Nakashima(Outgoing) Gov. Allen Urges Big Boost in VA Budget--more for schools ($6.9B v $6.0B), plus tax cut
1220WilliamsSweeping Reform of City's Business Regulations Wins Initial Approval, avoids rent control, environment
1220ViseControl Board Accused (by Norton, others) of Hurting Home Rule--by not improving DC gov't operations
1223NakashimaVA Gov Allen Touts Effort to Cut Gov't Regulation--targeted 71% of State's excutive agency regs
1224PowellControl Board Picks Management Chief--Camille Barnett to be 'CMO'--48-yr old 'Dragon Lady' starts 1/15
1224EditorThe CMO's Challenge--tall order for newcomer--gotta be assertive in thankless, critical task
1225LoebBarry Decries Salary, Term Given CMO--5-yr, $155K 'excessive and awful'--John Hill says justified
1226StaffIn VA, Not All Personal Property Taxes Equal--car taxes vary by $100s by county
1226Struck'Tough' Texan's New Tall Order--Barnett Brings Strong Image to CMO Job--good quotes on regionalism
1227KingSounds of Wounded Racial Pride--DC should accept CMO picked for talent, despite--not for--being white
1228HarrisFood Stamps Are A Bargain on DC Streets--sold cheap for cash, drugs, non-food items--to be replaced

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