Mayor Gray vetoes budget, cites streetcar funding, yoga tax

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Mayor Vincent Gray has vetoed the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget, citing tax hikes on seniors, steep cuts in funding to the streetcar program and the controversial yoga tax.

Mayor Gray is asking the D.C. Council to delay their summer recess for 30 days to work with the Executive Branch on a compromise budget.

"I cannot, in good conscience, sign a budget that hurts seniors, taxes wellness, dramatically delays and drives up the cost of the D.C. Streetcar system, and ties the hands of future Mayors to respond to fiscal problems," said Mayor Gray. "I am asking Chairman Mendelson and the other members of the Council to work with me so we can craft a reasonable compromise that resolves these problems and better serves the 647,000 residents of our city."

Read: Mayor Gray's budget veto letter (


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