The Week Ahead….

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Here’s what we’re watching at DCFPI from Nov. 9 through 13:

DC Council

Thursday at 10 am, Committee on Economic Development

Bill 18-431, the “OTO Hotel at Constitution Square Economic Development Act of 2009” This bill would exempt the OTO Hotel, a 205 room Hilton Garden Inn with underground parking in the Constitution Square development in Northeast, from real property taxation for 10 years and as well as make the project exempt from 50 percent of the undedicated proportion of the 10.05 percent gross sales tax pertaining to hotel accommodations for a period of 10 years.

Bill 18-432, the “THIRD & H STREETS, N.E. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 2009” This bill would give tax exemptions, not to exceed $5 million, to a mixed-use project slated to have 210 condos, 42,000 square feet of retail , and a 250 car underground garage being developed by Steuart Investment Co. The bill would give a 100 percent real property tax exemption for any value above the FY 2010 assessment for 10 years, and then increase it by 10 percent for the next 10 years until it reached 100 percent of assessed value.

Both bills were introduced by Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells.

Bill 18-475,  the “Arthur Capper/ Carrollsburg Public Improvements Revenue Bonds Amendment Act of 2009” This bill would alter the financing of the revenue bonds for Arthur Capper/Carrollsburg development in Southeast near Nationals stadium. This bill was introduced by Chairman Gray, at the request of the mayor.

Thursday at 2 pm, Committee on Health

Roundtable on the Implementation of the Healthy DC program The purpose of this roundtable is to hear a presentation by the Department of Health Care Finance about its implementation plan for the Healthy DC Program.

Thursday at 4 pm, Committee on Public Services and Consumer Affairs The committee will consider two bills dealing with tenant rights.

Bill 18-407, the “Tenant Advisory Council Clarification Amendment Act of 2009” This bill outlines the role of the Tenant Advisory Council to monitor the progress of the Office of the Tenant Advocate and reports its findings to the mayor and DC Council within 45 years of the close of the fiscal year. Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) introduced this bill.

Bill 18-484, the “Tenant Bill of Rights Amendment Act of 2009” This bill authorizes the drafting of a tenant bill of rights.

Friday at 10 am, Committee of the Whole

Roundtable on the Progress of the Implementation of the Pre-K Enhancement and Expansion Act.


Please join DCFPI Thursday morning at:

Voices For Change: Perspectives on Strengthening Welfare-to-Work From DC TANF Recipients

9:30 am, Georgetown Law School, 120 F Street NW, 12th Floor.

The report release will also include video interviews of TANF recipients. Speakers will include:

Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells, Chair of the Committee on Human Services

Peter Edelman, Georgetown Law School

Donna Pavetti, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Clarence Carter, Director of the Department of Human Services (invited)