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DC Needs a Budget that Invests in District Residents

DC’s vibrant and growing economy has made it a great place to live and work for many, but the benefits of our new prosperity are not being shared widely. Our healthy economy has had troubling downsides, including an increase in homelessness, displacement of […]

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Join #WeNeed25: Advocate for Afterschool and Summer Opportunities for Every Low-Income Student

Education doesn’t end with the school bell. Quality afterschool programs and summer opportunities promote academic and social success, keep children safe while parents work, limit summer learning loss, and provide a significant return on investment. DC […]

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Public Campaign Financing Will Strengthen Democracy in DC

There is a great opportunity to enhance the voice of DC residents in our democracy—particularly residents of color and women—by providing public funding to candidates for major DC offices. Legislation adopted unanimously today by the DC Council, on an […]

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Popular Health Coverage Option for DC Children in Jeopardy

As the new year begins, a critical health care program that serves millions of children across the country continues to be in limbo: the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP. Unless reauthorized by Congress, this could cost the District millions to […]

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Remembering Our Neighbors Who Died While Homeless

Duane “Joey” Henderson died of a heart attack, after living in Fort Reno Park for several years. He was well known in the neighborhood and an avid sports fan. Joey was not alone. At least 45 residents died while experiencing homelessness in the District […]

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DC Paid Family Leave Is Still Just a Dream: The DC Council Should Stop the Holdup

DC’s paid family and medical leave program was passed a year ago, yet it’s being held up because the DC Council is considering bills to “repeal and replace” the program. The Council should act soon to resolve this issue, so that workers can take time […]

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Income Inequality in DC Highest in the Country

The District has a higher level of income inequality than any state in the country, with households in the top 20 percent  of income having  29 times more income than the bottom 20 percent. The bottom fifth of DC households had just two percent of total DC […]

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Latest Federal Tax Proposal Could Raise Health Care Costs for DC Residents

The tax bills now working their way through Congress could increase health costs for DC residents, including those with serious health problems. The Senate and House have each passed tax bills lowering the tax rates for corporations and high-earning […]

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Child Tax Credit Falls Short of Helping Families Who Need It Most in the Senate Tax Bill

The tax bill passed this month by the U.S. Senate expands the Child Tax Credit (CTC)—an important tool to help families meet the many costs of raising a child—yet like the rest of the tax bill, most of the benefits would go to high-income households. This […]

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New Tobacco Legislation Would Protect District’s Children

New legislation before the DC Council would prevent more children from starting to smoke and would support individuals who want to quit, by increasing the District’s tobacco tax and strengthening DC’s smoking cessation efforts. The Council should move […]

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