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Virginia Democrats defeated Governor McDonnell’s budget in a party-line vote after the governor refused to provide any money for the Silver Line. Senator Chuck Colgan (D-Manassas) had initially sided with Republicans, but switched sides. (Examiner) Twitter
The DC Council turned down Mayor Gray’s proposals to spend DC’s current fiscal year budget surplus. Kwame Brown and Gray have also increasingly sparred verbally as a rift between them grows. (Post) Twitter
LivingSocial gets LivingSocial-type deal on taxes
Mayor Gray wants to give LivingSocial a tax break worth up to $32.5 million, in an effort to keep the company in the city. As part of the deal, half of new hires must live in DC. (Post) Twitter
Some Fairfax County schools used to prohibit students from walking or biking to school, but after outcry from parents and advocates, parents can now decide how their children get to school. (Safe Routes Partnership) (Tip: David Alpert)Twitter
Some say Bob Peck, the recently-ousted head of GSA’s Public Buildings Service, was unfairly made a scapegoat after the recent scandal. He has done a lot to save taxpayers money in much bigger ways, like getting government agencies to save space and energy. (Post) Twitter