November 2, 2012 |
Contrary to Wayne C. Witkowski and Leonard H. Becker's assertions on this page last week [" An unlawful proposal for D.C. budget autonomy ," Local Opinions, Oct. 28], there are substantial bases to conclude that the Home Rule Act can be amended via referendum to give the District autonomy over its local budget. And regardless of the outcome, a vote on budget autonomy would be an important step forward in the District's fight for self-determination and should be vigorously pursued.
April 4, 2011 |
On Capitol Hill this week, the fight over the federal budget is being delayed by chimps. The problem is not actual chimpanzees running amok in the Capitol's ornate hallways. That might actually fix the budget problem as frightened Republicans and Democrats barricaded themselves in committee rooms. Forced together, they might learn to see one another not as enemies, but as well-meaning people with honest and surmountable differences. Nope. It's not anything like that. Instead, what's holding up...
September 24, 2011 |
Dale R. McOmber, 87, a former assistant director of the Office of Management and Budget who helped prepare federal budgets for seven presidents, died Aug. 22 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He had complications from a broken hip, son James McOmber said. After coming to Washington in 1951, Mr. McOmber worked as a budget analyst for the Navy Department's old Bureau of Ordnance. He joined the Bureau of the Budget, later known as the Office of Management and Budget, in 1957. He became the OMB's assistant...
April 23, 2011
The April 17 front-page article " Running on empty ," detailing one social worker's efforts to serve her clients in Pulaski, Va., showed the bleak reality many Americans face because of the bad economy. The piece should be required reading for everyone involved in the budget process, which is becoming increasingly insensitive to the plight of the poor. This is apparent in the House Budget Committee's proposed 2012 budget, which contains a number of drastic cuts to safety-net programs.
March 6, 2008 |
Supervisors deadlocked Tuesday over what is typically a procedural matter, giving a glimpse of what is likely to be a contentious budget process. The Board of County Supervisors spent much of its Tuesday meeting debating what real estate tax rate the county should advertise. Although supervisors can always pass a tax rate lower than the one advertised, they cannot, by law, pass one higher. So deciding what rate to advertise determines the flexibility the board will have during the budget process.
November 22, 2009 |
The Manassas City Council adopted a preliminary budget Monday that would call for more than $5 million in cuts but result in a lower tax bill for many Manassas residents. The $95.5 million budget plan, which passed 4 to 2, would mean cutting about $2.9 million from the city budget in fiscal 2011 and $2.6 million from the schools. The average residential tax bill would drop 4.1 percent. "I cannot support anything that would increase taxes," said Marc T. Aveni (R), chairman of the council's Finance Committee.