DC Council, Mayor head to court over budget autonomy

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Wednesday, the battle over budget autonomy in D.C. heads to Superior Court with the District of Columbia City Council suing Mayor Vince Gray.

The mayor and the city council both want budget autonomy. At issue here is whether they have the right to make that choice.

Last fall, D.C. residents voted for a referendum saying that the city government should control its local budget and not Congress. The council approved and the mayor signed off on it but now the mayor says the measure violates home rule that requires Congressional approval before such a move.

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson says $6 billion are raised locally and each time Congress gets its hands in the pot our local budget gets delayed in federal fighting or by the Congressional timeline.


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