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JANUARY, 1998FINANCIAL/OTHER
101LeDucMaryland Meets New Year With Income Tax Cut--avg to drop 10% in five years
103ViseBrimmer Details $185M in New Initiatives--roads, pers., contracts, technology, asset mgmt--Barry adds 100
103HarrisBroken Parking Meters Still Costing City Revenue ($6.7M)--contract dispute, red tape--8000 meters out
106StaffReforms May Not Be Complete Until After 2000--269 projects to need $185M...some stretch out
111AllenRobust Economy to Drive VA State Legislature to Phase out vehicle tax
114LeDucMaryland Lawmakers in a Mood to Spend--surplus seen as election-year bonanza
114StaffControl Board Asked to 'Reevaluate' Leadership by Sen Brownback--slow pace of DC School reform
114StaffVA Sen. Warner blasts Commuter Tax Idea: Jeffords for 3% tax on DC income--over Warner's dead body
117ViseDC To Post Surplus for FY97, vice $74M deficit--revenues up, spending controls, unspent $ for services
128SpinnerLack of Income Tax Growth Worries Pr. George's Officials--+2.9% v +7.5% for State of MD
129Vise'98 DC Budget Looks Even Better--see $160M surplus--Barry says cut taxes re tourism, residential tax OK
130ViseClinton Plan Adds Funds for DC --$120M (in '99 Fed Budget) aimed at schools, new ec. dev. agency
131ViseSurplus Doesn't Ensure Return of Power, Norton Says--can't just balance budget w/o visible improvements
131EditorBarry-Taylor Budget Attack--'friend' Barry says too litte; 'enemy' Taylor, too much--DC never has it easy
FEBRUARY, 1998
203ViseDC CMO (Barnett) to Focus on 'Our Face to the Customer'--hire more professionals--push regional coop.
206ViseControl Board Considers (Phased) Repeal of Rent Controls--left out of DC Council Reg Reform Bill
209Loeb/ViseThe Man Who Tamed DC's Fiscal Mess: Williams took city from financial collapse to recovery
210EditorDC's Rags to Riches Story: kudos for CntlBd and indep. CFO for hard work, stiff spine to balance budget
210ViseDC Reports $186M Budget Surplus: revs +$110M , 1-time sale -$54M; medicaid -$54M; underspent -$41.5M
212Vise/LoebBarry Wants Control Bd's Term Tied to (Balanced) Budgets: Rep Davis insists city services work too
213Williams/ViseDC Officials Seek Harmony on '99 Budget--Barry lists priorities for Council, CMO--cooperation praised
225LeDucMaryland's Tax-cutting Question:--$283M surplus--lower income or property taxes, add-ons UMd. disabled?
MARCH, 1998
303ViseFinancial Fixes Get DC Better Credit Rating--now at highest junk level--will lower cost of $3.4B debt--
303EditorThe President's Control Board--don't go for entirely new membership--need to keep experience gained
305ViseNorton Urges More Tax Breaks for DC Business, Residents--renews call for 15% flat tax, business brks
307KingClandestine Contest for Power--lists names for Bd: Gibson,Golden,Mack, Cole, Schneider, Hobson etal.
308ViseDC Fiscal Future Glows: Rosy Outlook May Mean Tax Cuts:--surpluses frm $348 in '98 dwn to $150 in '02
310StaffNew DC Grants Management Official Named (frm Feds), new CFO for UDC named--also outsider?
310Hsu/NakashimaVA Panel Reaches Deal to Cut Car Tax ($447M) and Build Schools ($350M)
311LeDucSurplus Makes Tax Cuts a Priority in MD--now expect $353M this year--go for tax cuts?
312NakashimaVA House Passes Car-Tax Compromise--state could borrow $350M to build schools
312EditorDC, Don't Spend It Yet--too soon to talk about spending surplus--avoid 'giddy, dreamy-eyed musing'
313HsuVA Senate Rejects House Plan on Car Tax, School Construction
319StaffFinance Chief Says DC Making Progress--way ahead of last year in processing tax returns too
320ViseBrimmer's Colleagues Want Him Out...DC Control Board members say they'll go if Brimmer reappointed
321ViseControl Board Chairman Won't Serve Second Term--avoid problems--Raines to pick successor?
321EditorThe Right Chairman for the Job at the time--new leadership--appointed and elected--needed to finish job
321MontgomeryDC Convention Center Authority Criticized--US officials say agency has not fulfilled agreements to Shaw
323BehrDC Dilemma--Add Jobs or Residents--lower taxes or expand base?--residents better due to income tax
324LoebDC Gives Big Bonuses to Finance Director (Williams)--adds $20K to $118K pay
325StaffMontgomery Cnty proposes Tax Breaks--income and property taxes to be cut
326WilgorenDC Prepares to Settle Old Debts--$43M to be paid to 1600 vendors, some owed since 1995
329PowellOverhauling a City: Lessons and Limits--Brimmer, Becton--can't rely on top-down reform?..too autocratic?
329EditorMD Governor Glendening's Budget Win--cut taxes, fix schools, help the poor--who could object?
331SpinnerLittle Pain, Some Gain in Pr. George's Budget--Curry would leave tax rates alone, help schools, gov't raises
APRIL, 1998
402LoebDC Politics: Brimmer Still Critical of DC Leaders--city only half reformed: Congress will keep CB if Barry wins
403StaffDC Sells $657.8Million in Bonds, saved $17M by refinancing older ones--$200M for schools, rest refinancing
404EditorSurplus Wisdom in Maryland--Montgomery and Pr. George's both favoring prudence over flashy cuts
405EditorYes to Control Board Continuity--strong case to make Newman Chairman, keep Harlan, Ladner + 2 new
408ViseNewman Favored to Replace Brimmer--wide support growing for 'behind-the-scenes' operator
409LeDucSurplus Lets Maryland State Speed up Tax Cut--new breaks for elderly, disabled, low wage earners
415ViseOMB Raines' Resignation Raises Questions for DC--was key advisor on Control Board Appointments
415EditorFranklin Raines's Departure: did a good job--for DC too. Successor Jack Lew also a skilled professional
416EditorMaryland's Windfall Year--emerges as national pace-setter--PG and MC offset 'Baltimore tilt'
417ViseFed Budget Chief to Focus on Control Bd Appointments--hopes to boil list down to about 10 before May 20
417EditorNew Fiscal Vision in Fairfax--new county executive finding ways to stretch money, increase revenues
418MorenoArlington Realty Tax Rises (1 cent) to $0.998/$100 as County Board Approves $586M budget--up 3.4%
419EditorNix on Control Board Politics: president should avoid party politics in appointing new members
419Silverman ltrKeeping DC in the Black: structural problems could erode DC's financial stability
421ViseControl Bd Hears Proposal to Cut Workers' Comp, Unemployment--rates, duration way above MD,VA
421ShearFairfax Supervisors Approve $1.84B Budget, up 3.1%--prop tax rate stays at $1.23/$100
425Hsu/MeltonVA's Car-Tax Cut Ready to Roll--Gov Gilmore gets unanimous vote for school construction too
425StaffMontgomery County Stays on Top of Bond Ratings--AAA rating for 25th yr--only 5 others, incl Fairfax
426Bolden ltrTwo Bills for Building a Better DC: Nat'l Capital Revitalization Act and Tax Increment Finance Act
428ShearFairfax Leaves Tax Rate Alone--County Budget still allows for modest catch-up spending
429StaffHarlan Refuses Second Term on Control Board--held oversight of police department--had enough
430EditorDC Spenders At It Again?--city not financially in clear yet--put foot down against big school increases
430Behr/SegalDCTax Revision Comm Plan Would Have Lawyers Pay 1.5% Tax--DC personal services firms now exempt
MAY, 1998
501ViseDistrict Reaches Consensus on ('99) Budget--plan would lay off hundreds in schools, boost education funds
502EditorA DC Budget Without Chaos--new budget reaches high water-mark in fiscal responsibility--but done in secret
505EditorWhite House Dawdling on DC--has known for years new Control Bd members needed--quit wasting time
505StaffChrmn Cropp Confident Council Will OK Budget--$85M more for schools, $41 surplus, zero debt by Y2000
506ViseNorton Cautions Clinton on New Control Board--stressing shifting power to city leaders part of new mission
506Powell$5.2B '99 DC Budget Passes Council Unanimously with $90M more for schools--raises--FY99 debt only $41M
506ViseFirst Lady Urges More Funds for DC--urges Congress to OK $100M for arts to support ec development
507VisePresident Wants Rivlin to Head Control Board--Sources Say Fed Reserve Official Weighing Job--
507EditorThe White House Short List--maybe Rivlin over Newman, + former elected official--go for professionals
508EditorGood Work, DC Council--on passing budget--and not hamstringing schools--go for reforms, forget schools
508ViseWidespread Support for Rivlin: Newman, Brimmer, Cropp,Brownback, Moran, most Councilpersons
509BehrFirms Wary of Tax Plans from Tax Commission and Business Coalition--but no opinions yet
510PyattHow the First Lady Could Really Help the City:support federal payments as Tax Comm recommends
513ViseRivlin Seeks to Keep Two on Control Board, Newman and Ladner--to work towards restoring home rule
519EditorNo Way To Treat the City--White House still hasn't named new Control Board members--3 weeks to go.
520ViseRivlin Amendment on Fast Track--bill would let her run Control Board, stay on Fed Reserve
520ViseDifficulties Filling Control Board slots: Lightfoot, Ray, McKensie, Golden, say no; Ladner won't stay
523Perez-RivasMontgomery Council Backs More Tax Relief--something for everybody in $2.27B '99 budget
523EditorControl Board Countdown--White House has not given Hill list of possibles--Faircloth balking at Rivlin 2-hats
523StaffFaircloth Letter Asks to Extend Control Board's Tenure from June to September, avoid last minute 'chaos'
523PanPrince George's Council Adopts 'Painless', $1.3B '99 budget--school system to get $844M of it
528Loeb/DeaneIre Over Control Board: 41%approve/disapprove now; 44% want it less powerful,; 72% say not permanent
529ViseDC Board Caps Term by Easing Business Rules: lower benefits; relax reg, etc.--like business reforms
530ViseBrimmer's Term Extended 90 days--CMO fires 4 key aides: Wheelan, Pers,Hernon, Tech; Noonan, DPH, Watts, DCRA
530EditorA Jerry-Built Control Board--still not formed: Rivlin to be Chair, Robt Watkins, Vice Chair; Newman,Harlan temp
531FalkThis is One Tax that DC Lawyers Shouldn't Avoid--business activity tax of DCTRC is good solution
JUNE, 1998
604WoodleeDC Auditor Questions ($20K) in ANC1A's Spending--no documentation for 177 of 381 payments since '94
609Loeb/ViseBarry Picks Interim CFO (was deputy)--while national search undertaken for Williams replacement
610BehrDC Professional Firms Hit Hardest In DC Tax Revision Commision Plan--because they don't pay now
611ViseNC Senator (Faircloth) Seeks to Clarify Control Bd Authority--after GAO challenge re delegating power
617EvansDC Council OK's Convention Center Financing 8 to 5: $685M plan now goes to Control Bd, Congress
617ViseDC Board Pay Moves Broke Law, GAO says--Reps Davis, Taylor miffed Board didn't 'report to Congress'
619ViseRep Taylor Blasts $5.2B DC Budget Plan--criticizes higher $ on technology--to exercise 'exclusive jurisdiction'
620ViseRivlin Vows to Work for DC Home Rule at Swearing-in--wants strong admin team in place to run city by itself
621SwobodaJanitors Approve 5-yr contract--clean 70% of DC commercial offices--pay to rise to $8.50/hr.
623Perez-RivasMontgomery Council May Boost Tax Rebate from $27 to $50--due to higher income tax receipts
JULY, 1998
710BehrDC Hopes to Streamline Regulatory Process--Control Board writing regs to carry out 171 orders issued
717ViseLawmakers Jockey over DC Budget Bill--Davis working with Faircloth to bypass mecurial Taylor
718StaffJarvis Upset by Planned Senate (Faircloth) Repeal of DC-legislated Ec Development Corp:
721EditorA GOP DC Budget Fiasco--Taylor at it again--delusional--House leadership should nip Taylor in bud
722ViseLarger Surplus Projected for FY98 DC budget--up to $231M based on better tax collection, economy
722Vise (cont)Senate Appns Committee OKs DCFY99 budget--adds $ for Boystown, Powell, Mrs. Clinton, Historical Society
723EditorDC Budget Halfway There--Senate approves $5.2B appn--$231M surplus tempting new overpromising
723WilliamsDC Rescue Plan Praised, Panned--Williams, Evans approve, Brazil Chavous say city hurt by power shift
725PowellHouse Panel OKs DC Budget Appn Bill--adds $ for firemen, charter schls, cuts ANC $, top pay, controls surplus
727EditorMore DC Budget Woes--Taylor bill removes $ for abortion, city rights to sue Congress for voting rights
727PyattRevitalization the Wrong Way and the Wrong Price--calls DC Revitalization Corp Act naive, unrealistic
730ViseConstance Neman Will Remain on DC Control Board as Vice Chairman, school oversight: Kinlow, Mans next??
730Vise (cont)Mayor appoints 3 dept heads: Irish from Santa Cruz for DoES, Jordan from St. Louis to DCRA, Peck to OTech
731ViseHouse Panel OKs Bigger DC Budget--Moran/Davis add $ for metro station, charter schools, Lorton clean-up
731Vise (cont)House Panel OKs Bigger DC Budget--both houses overrule Norton/Taylor,repeal residency requirement
731StaffConvention Center Plan Advances on Hill--Davis says Congress will give OK--boost jobs, morale, revenues
AUGUST, 1998
801EditorThe Things They Do to DC--Appns Bill loaded with trivia--even though its the DC's own money
801StaffFinancing Plan for Convention Center in DC Clears Congress--OK'd sale of $685M in bonds
805ViseControl Board to Get 2 New Members--Eugene Kinlow from school bd; Darius Mans from World Bank
806StaffProvisions Could Trigger Clinton DC Budget Bill Veto--adoptions, needle exchanges, vouchers, etc.
806EditorThe Control Board's Lineup--Kinlow, Mans, Watkins, and Rivlin--picked by Norton--tall order ahead
806ViseBrimmer Cancels $893K sole-source contract to Barnett friend now an 'interim DMO' at $150/hr
808StaffControl Board Approves 2 Appointments--Jordan, DCRA from St. Louis, Irish, DoES from Santa Cruz
808EditorCamille Barnett's Contract--CPO Fite takes blame...CMO not involved--admitted mistake--all over?
815CottmanEvans Swipes at William's Tax Proposal--says gross receipts tax will drive business out--(but only above $1M?)
828ViseDC Now Projecting $302M FY98 Surplus--due to better tax collection, economics--incl $175M mgmt reform$
828Vise (cont)Brimmer Says DC Unmet Capital Needs Still a Pressing Problem--wants $450M in FY99--not in Cong bills
828ViseEx-Official Faults Barnett in His Firing: says he was ousted for blocking $50M, no-bid (insider?) contract
829ViseDC IG Probes Barnett's Dismissal of Offical who claims CMO consultant wanted sole-source to insider
SEPTEMBER, 1998
901StaffRivlin Says Board, Council Will Work Together to resolve regulatory, legislative reforms
902StaffTwo New Control Board Members (Kinlow and Mans) Sworn In, joining Newman, Watkins under Rivlin
903BehrBusiness Leaders Seek More DC Tax Breaks--firms relocating into 'enterprise zones' would benefit
904ViseControl Board Voids Consulting Contract: FBI to review $ 1,587 in expense invoices of consultant
909EditorAnother Canceled Contract: evidence of more dubious billing in CMO's office--gotta get her house in order
911StaffNorton Urges Senate to Approve FY99 DC Budget--consideration delayed by proposed amendments
911ViseRivlin Wants More Home Rule--'detail stuff' back to city--too busy with Fed job--substd conditions continue
912ViseDC Budget Unlikely to Pass This Month--city officials concerned--Moran faults needless Cong reviews
OCTOBER, 1998
1003LiptonYr2000 Is Too Soon, DC Officials Say--more time, money needed for 75% of 336 computer systems
1003EditorialA City Caught in Congress's Web--DC gets budget process in hand--Congress turn fiscally irresponsible
1008EditorStraight Talk About DC--O'Cleireacain proposal deserves attn: spending growing faster than revenues
1012PyattWith Revenue Disappearing, DC Must Conjure Up Sense of Urgency--moving away from sustainable rev strux
1015EditorStuffing a Turkey--Congress displays dismissive, terrible approach to its responsibilities re appns bill
1015ViseControl Board Chief to Share Some Power--Director Hill to oversee Contracts, Budget--keep Rivlin informed
1016EditorBig Deal:Omnibus appns bill covers 8 lesser bills--IMF most important accomplishment--worst items gone
1016ViseClinton Plan to Tap DC Pension Fund to pay for education initiative Stirs Protest, but Davis says OK
1016Hager/BarrFed Budget Deal Reached: Key Programs Get Hikes: Education, IMF, etc., no tax cut, no school bldgs
1016StaffDC Budget Bill Bans Needle Exchange $--part of omnibus bill--adoption limits, kids cigarette crime gone
1017StaffCity Gets Added $125M from US (in omnibus bill) $50M,infrastrux repair; $25M, EcDevCorp; $30M spec ed
1018EditorBudget Pawn--feds liquidate transfered DC pension funds--may mean trouble later--look like new spending
1022EggenRegion Reaps Billions in Fed Budget--'goodies' in everyone's stocking, says VA's Moran
1027EditorThat $6 Million (Booz-Allen) Contract--Control Bd must be held accountable using scarce DC taxpayer $'s
NOVEMBER, 1998
1110ViseDC Tax Collectors Fired Amid Allegations--Office of Tax and Revenue found $30K theft internally
1112Behr/HsuAn Unexpected Windfall-With Strings Attached--pork $, plus instructions re needles, adoption, etc.
1117ViseReport Faults DC Spending--Council (Patterson) says money for reforms diverted--Control Bd says no
1120TorryDC to Sign Proposed Tobacco Deal, get $1.2B (w/no strings) over 25 yrs--VA will join, MD not sure yet
1121Torry/Schwartz46 States, DC Accept $206B Deal with Big Tobacco--Maryland and Virginia included
1123PyattArgument to be Made (re fed payment)--and Right People to Make it--O'Cleireacain/ businessmen , not Norton
DECEMBER, 1998
1207WilsonMontgomery County's Duncan to Seek Income Tax Cut--'to ease the burden on taxpayers'
1228EditorWindfall Politics--MD and VA budget surpluses change basic issue to coping with success

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