Budget Markups: Many Steps in the Right Direction, But Larger Investments are Still Needed
While the committee markups resulted in some important funding increases for programs that work towards a more equitable DC, notable gaps remain.
Addressing Lead Exposure Is A Critical First Step Towards Racial Equity
DC recently closed its Lead Safe Washington program due to mismanagement of federal funds, which means the District is losing $4 million in foregone funding over 3 years. The Council should replace those funds now rather than leaving low-income children of […]
Reversing School Budget Cuts in Wards 7 and 8 Should Be a Top Priority
The proposed FY 2020 budget shortchanges all DCPS schools, but particularly schools in Wards 7 and 8, which have the largest concentration of low-income students of color.
Housing Stability in DC Requires Investment in Project-Based Rental Assistance
Without adequate investment in project-based rental assistance, projects built using the Housing Production Trust Fund increase won’t be made affordable to extremely low-income residents.
The Council Should Fund Public Restrooms in the Budget
By increasing access to public restrooms, the District can be a friendlier place for tourists, children and their caretakers, residents with illnesses and disabilities, and residents experiencing homelessness.
Missed Budget Opportunities: The FY 2020 Budget through a Racial Equity Lens
DC needs to take more action to correct the impacts of decades of systemic racism. The DC Council can take meaningful steps now, as they work on the FY 2020 budget, to move DC towards a more equitable future.
DC Council Should Invest in Ending Chronic Homelessness
The proposed FY 2020 budget makes some investments but falls short of putting DC on a path to end chronic homelessness in the Mayor’s second term.
DCFPI Remembers DC Emancipation Day
The District was the first place where enslaved Black people were freed by federal action. Yet in this emancipation we also see the roots of institutional policies that maintained racial inequities, with impacts that continue to this day.
Tax Day 2019: Making the Right Tax Choices Can Help DC Thrive
Taxes, and tax laws more broadly, are our key tool for ensuring that everyone pays their fair share and that all DC residents can benefit from our city’s growing prosperity.