Persistence is a virtue, it turns out: Vincent Orange is a D.C. Council member once again
For Immediate Release: May 11, 2011 at 11:30 am
[By Mike DeBonis, www.washingtonpost.com]
Persistence is a virtue, it turns out: Vincent Orange is a D.C. Council member once again. At his swearing-in Tuesday in a packed D.C. Council chamber, the former two-term member from Ward 5 credited “divine intervention” for his return to legislative power. Tom Howell Jr. has more in the Washington Times, including this message to supporters: “Thanks for the resurrection.” Also, Orange told me that he hammered out his differences with Council chairman Kwame Brown in a meeting last week that included a “cleansing process.” In any case they’re on the same page opposing the small income tax rate hike in Mayor Vincent Gray’s budget proposal. In addition to nixing the rate hike, Brown said yesterday that he’s looking to restore funding for shelters for homeless families and domestic violence victims, add more police officers and restore teaching positions cut at School Without Walls and Shepherd Elementary. Where he’s going to find the money remains unclear, though Brown said he’s asked CFO Natwar Gandhi to examine Gray’s shift of city jobs from capital to operating spending. Keeping some jobs on the capital side would potentially free up millions.
The Orange Vision
Vincent's vision for Washington, DC, is that of a world-class city operating at its fullest potential. An extremely vibrant city that continues to beckon individuals, couples and families to live in, visit and experience its culture, arts, restaurants, retail, entertainment, sports venues, neighborhoods and tourism. More
Get to Know Vincent
As an attorney and certifiedpublic accountant, Vincent Orange has the skillset DC needs to make the citygreat again. In his earlier tenure on the DC Council, Vincent helped the cityturn a $518 million deficit into a $1.6 billion surplus reserve. Sincere-joining the DC Council last year, he has been at the forefront of efforts torestore ethical integrity to the Council, root out government waste, providejobs and continue education reform.More