Looks like consensus is to keep SYEP to six weeks--in FY 2010. Looks like for FY2009, as Graham says, the die is already cast.12.
Thomas makes case that kids, rich or poor, are depending on their summer jobincome.13.
M Brown: 'if TANF is on the table, how is summer jobs not on the table?'14.
Mendelson points out SYEP cuts may be a lost cause--if cut on Friday, mayor wouldhave two weeks to delay. Program ends in two weeks.15.
Even Evans wants to shorten SYEP!16.
Wells at first supported 10 week program, now says he would support shorter having'seen how poorly run this has been.'17.
CFO rep says cutting off program at 6 weeks would indeed save as much as $23million. K Brown says let's take a look.18.
Here we go: Members debate funding the full summer jobs program.19.
Catania says all political promises, ballpark and otherwise, have to be put off for twoyears. 'I agree' say Wells and Barry. Evans doesn't.20.
Excess in ballpark fund supposed to be used to pay down stadium debt. 'Or we coulduse it for soccer!' says Barry.21.
Evans remembers the famous 'fifth quarter' budget gambit Barry once tried. Barrylaughs. 'That didn't work, did it?'22.
Evans makes a point: if you cut $10 million from the schools, might as well cut $100million --'you catch the same amount of hell no matter how much you cut.’ 23.
Barry says he is shocked--shocked!--that ballpark community benefits would be usedto close the gap.24.
Graham is shocked, shocked!, that Fenty would raid his parking meter hike--meantfor TANF, HPAP--for gap closing: 'They took it all!’ 25.
Catania tells colleagues not to come looking for money out of his agencies. Wordsensue with Graham.26.
Gray’s plan: forget the rainy day fund. Take $125 million from FY 2010 to fix FY2009 and cut the hell out of FY 2010.27.
Evans says without cuts, members will be having another problem in a year--'with anelection two months off.' Says Barry: ‘I'm not running.’ 28.
Barry warns of 'bitter pills' in FY 2011. 'It's going to be a heartbreaker.' Taxincreases, he says, are the only way out.29.
Evans says the issue is: Do we maintain our 'cushions' by making 'significantreductions' in expenditures.30.
Catania does not care for this talk of piddling amounts of workers comp money--'change you could find under the couch’ 31.
As members talk of how Fenty plans to raid workers comp for $24.6 million, they'reenjoying some delicious popcorn.32.
Live tweeting DC Council budget talks! What could be more exciting?