Monthly Column Archive

DCFPI writes a monthly column –”The Numbers” — that runs in the Hill Rag, East of the River, and DC North. All are owned by Capital Community News.

July 2017
Wrong Choices in the DC Budget

June 2017
Out of Prison and Out of Work: Employment Barriers in DC

May 2017
How Mayor Bowser Can Make the Most out of DC’s Upcoming Budget

April 2017
Doesn’t Take a PhD to Understand Why “Kids Ride Free” Should Include Adult Education, Too

March 2017
Mayor Bowser and the DC Council Should Stop Budgeting with their Hands Tied

February 2017
The Wrong Choice for DC Workers

January 2017
You Can Still Get Health Insurance through DC Health Link

December 2016
When Federal Policy Goes Low, DC Should Stay High

November 2016
Will DC Learn Before It’s Too Late? Welfare Time Limits Hurt Children

October 2016
DC’s Racial Inequality

September 2016
Are High-Poverty DC Schools Shortchanged When It Comes to Extra Resources for ‘At-Risk’ Students?

August 2016
A $56 Million Opportunity

July 2016
Inclusionary Zoning has Untapped Potential to Expand Affordable Housing in DC

June 2016
Despite Progress on Homelessness, More Work Remains

May 2016
A Budget that Leaves DC’s Neediest Behind

April 2016
Who Pays the Price When Child Care Assistance is too Low?

March 2016
Protecting an Endangered Species in DC: Why We Should Keep Industrial Areas from Disappearing

February 2016
Income Matters: How DC Can Give Children a Better Chance of Escaping Poverty

January 2016
Paid Family Leave is Good for Everyone

December 2015
DC Can’t Afford to Lose the Low-Cost Housing It Has Left

November 2015
DC Got it Going On: We Don’t Need Big Tax Incentives to Attract Businesses

October 2015
Too Many Families in DC Live on $2 a Day. It’s Time to Do Something about It

September 2015
What We Know about Charter School Finances

August 2015
Picking Priorities: How DC Council’s Tax Plan Undermines the City’s Commitments to Schools and Affordable Housing

July 2015
Unpredictable and Unsustainable: How Scheduling Practices in DC’s Service Sector Are Wreaking Havoc on Workers

June 2015
Left Behind: DC’s Economy is Failing Many Residents

April 2015
Going, Going, Gone: How DC’s Vanishing Affordable Housing is Affecting Us All

March 2015
DC Has a Surplus and a Deficit?  What the Heck is Going On?

February 2015
Left Behind: DC’s Economy is Failing Many Residents

January 2015
In With the New: Recommendations to Mayor Bowser and the DC Council

December 2014
Is the District’s Homeless System Ready for Winter?

November 2014
Unlocking Opportunities: What the District Can Do to Better Support Low-Income Students

October 2014
Questions for the Candidates

September 2014
“Pitch”-ing the Perfect Deal:  A Fair and Responsible Way for DC to Support a New Soccer Stadium

August 2014
District Education Changes: What to Watch for the Coming School Year

July 2014
Coming Soon to You: A Tax Cut!

June 2014
Unlocking Opportunities: Services that Help Poor Children Succeed in the Classroom

May 2014
Making Sure New School Funding Goes to All Students Who Need It

April 2014
Making Sure There’s A Place to Call Home

March 2014
A Budget Wishlist: DC Financial Policy Institute’s Suggestions on Closing the Income Gap

February 2014
A Review of the DC Tax System

January 2014
Making Work Pay Even More for DC Residents 

December 2013
Raising the Minimum Wage

November 2013
Obamacare in DC: Working Well To Keep Us Well

October 2013
Boosting DC’s Minimum Wage Has Broad Support

September 2013
How to Make Sure a DC United Stadium Is a Win for the District 

August 2013
A Proposal To Change How We Fund Public Education

July 2013
Living Wages for Large Retail Workers

June 2013
Let’s Get Started Now on Ending Homelessness in DC

May 2013
Will DC Cut Assistance to Families in Crisis?

April 2013
DC’s Prosperity Dividend

March 2013
The Good News and Bad News about DC’s Revenues

February 2013
DC Is Swimming in Cash–When Will it Spend Some of It to Make DC Stronger?

January 2013
TRUE or FALSE? Closing DCPS Schools Will Make the System Stronger?

December 2012
What the Fiscal Cliff—Or Slope—Means for Local DC

November 2012
A Deep Dive into DC Revenue Analysis: Crystal Balls, Fiscal Cliffs and Other Metaphors

October 2012
Making Obamacare Happen in DC: Key Steps Ahead

September 2012
Mayor Gray and DC Council: Welfare-to-Work Efforts Need Your Full Support to Succeed

August 2012
Warren Buffett Is Right!