November 21, 2012 4:23PM

Spending Has Been Cut to the Bone

I’m always hearing that spending has been cut to the bone; we need to raise taxes, because there’s just no more fat in the budget, federal, state, or local. Here are a few stories I read last night that might just lead you to a different conclusion.

In the Washington Post

A federal program that pumped a record $3 billion into failing schools has shown mixed early results, with more than one‐​third of the targeted schools doing worse after receiving funding, according to initial government results released Monday.

In Washington City Paper

There were just two shoppers at the Yes! Organic Market in Fairlawn last Friday afternoon.…

Owner Gary Cha plans to close Yes!’s struggling Fairlawn location in early December, ending the two‐​plus‐​year run of his only store east of the Anacostia River, despite a $900,000 grant from the city.

And two pages later

When confronted with evidence of what one city contracting official later described as “admittedly fraudulent” behavior between two private construction companies, the District government and private employees working on its behalf ignored the problem, then eventually quietly offered to broker a settlement between the feuding companies that would have cost taxpayers $250,000.

That’s what more than 500 emails LL obtained through the Freedom of Information Act show. The records also indicate that the commission tasked with enforcing the city’s local business development program punted on a chance to investigate the alleged fraud involving a joint venture that managed more than $50 million worth of construction at the newly renovated Anacostia Senior High School.