While pay increases and new positions have been largely canceled or postponed for the next four years, only some 14 layoffs and no furloughs of D.C. employees are expected.
Tasked with formulating the District’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, the group will be headed by Secretary Michael Chertoff and Ambassador Susan Rice.
Mayor Muriel Bowser and District Council Chairman Phil Mendelson discussed “tough choices,” such as a hiring and pay freeze for most of D.C. government and a $600-million budget cut.
Proposed by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), the legislation would shrink the District — the official seat of the federal government — to two square miles.
Among the increases benefiting Ward 2 in the budget, according to the mayor’s office, is $74.2 million dedicated to fully modernize the Francis-Stevens Education Campus on 2425 N St. NW and 2130 G St. NW.