Morning links: Spending priorities
Cantor would cut bike funds: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor may cutt federal funding for municipal bike sharing programs, claiming spending has far exceeded revenues. (MajorityLeader.gov) But part of the problem is Congress hasn't raised the gas tax in two decades. (WashCycle)
Northeast high school is reborn: H.D. Woodson high school on 55th Street NE
Benning Road is reopening this fall after a three year, $102 million modernization process. The school has new athletic and classroom facilities and won't look like a prison anymore. (Post) NBC Washington takes a first look inside.
DC preserves but doesn't use: The historic Franklin School remains empty and without someone to redevelop it. DC often struggles to find developers for preservation projects and the lack of tax credits could be to blame. (Examiner)
Maryland's conflicting priorities: Maryland's highway administration evicted a local farmer from a roadside stand but the farmer has a license and the state is encouraging local farming. The SHA hasn't been clear in its reasoning, but now says the stand is unsafe. (WAMU)
A sad end to a distinguished life: The Post profiles Theodoric James, who worked at the White House for almost 50 years but died living in squalor. Concerned neighbors and family contacted city agencies but he refused treatment and didn't pay city bills for cleaning up his house.
Not exactly ticket amnesty: The DC Superior Court is asking residents with a warrant for a non-violent felony or misdemeanor to voluntarily surrender, which can reduce sentencing. Presumably the effort will also free up resources for law enforcement to pursue violent offenders. (WTOP)
And...in streetcar news: DDOT is now soliciting proposals for a streetcar operator (DDOT) ... The agency is also holding an exhibit on the Anacostia streetcar at the Anacostia library. (RPUS)
And...in environmental news: Fairfax County is using treated wastewater to maintain greens at a county golf course (Examiner) ... Arlington County fair is encouraging environmental responsibility (Ballston Patch) ... Maryland owes residents back payments for a renewable energy program. (Examiner)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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