A Path to Better Budgeting: Suspend the Council Finance Committee
The full Council should take over the Finance Committee’s tax policy role, since revenue decisions affect the ability to fund Council-wide priorities.
Transparency: A Key to Education Equity and Better School Budgets
The budget will grow 3 percent per student, yet average DCPS teacher costs are rising over 4 percent, meaning resources won’t be enough system-wide to maintain staffing and services.
Beyond Outdoor Movies: Summer in DC Also Brings Paid Family Leave and a Higher Minimum Wage
This week, we’re celebrating DC’s progress towards implementing paid family leave and a new minimum wage increase that goes into effect July 1—a week from today.
CFO Overreach in Events DC Surplus Would Eliminate Opportunity to Address Deplorable Public Housing Conditions
The DC Council wants to use the Events DC surplus to address deplorable public housing conditions. The CFO is trying to undermine this plan.
It’s Time to Make the Housing Production Trust Fund More Transparent
Since the Housing Production Trust Fund is DC’s primary tool to finance the production and preservation of affordable housing, public transparency should be required for the entire HPTF project selection process.
Fair Business Incentives Are OK. Tax Giveaways Aren’t. DC is Making the Right Move on the Line Hotel
When DC offers tax cuts to companies, we should get something in return, like good jobs for DC residents. That’s why the District is right to withhold the generous tax abatement it offered the Line Hotel almost 10 years ago.
Update: What Changed in the FY 2020 DC Budget at Final Vote
Yesterday, the DC Council had its second and final vote on the DC budget for FY 2020. The approved budget includes important investments for DC residents but fails to ensure that all residents have the resources they need to be successful in our growing city. […]
DC Council Pits Affordable Housing Programs Against Each Other
The District’s affordable housing challenge is complex and requires a number of intertwined solutions that work together.
What You Need to Know About the FY 2020 DC Budget After First Vote
Yesterday, the DC Council held its first vote on the budget for FY 2020. While the near-final FY 2020 budget includes a number of increases for programs that work towards a more equitable DC, notable gaps remain.