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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser speaks during a Feb. 14 press conference on the city's response to the coronavirus pandemic.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser speaks during a Feb. 14 press conference. (WI File Photo)

Many Washingtonians continue to debate over the priorities of the proposed fiscal year 2022-2023 budget that D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser will submit to the D.C. Council on Wednesday, March 16.

And a host of issues, challenges and concerns sit at the top of the list. 

“The mayor really needs to focus on public safety,” said Kathy Henderson, a former Ward 5 advisory neighborhood commissioner. “It seems to me that the violence interrupters are not doing their jobs with all of the homicides taking place in the city. There should be no money for the violence interrupters. To me they are a waste of taxpayers’ money.”

The D.C. Council will review the mayor’s budget in a formal setting on March 18 in a public briefing. After the briefing, portions of the budget related to specific agencies and programs will be given to respective committees. 

The committees will hold public hearings on th


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