New Report: First in Line
This Black History Month, and every day of the year, we are reflecting on the ways in which public policy can be used as a reparative tool for Black people and Black communities in DC.
Is DC Really Using Several of Its Reserves as Rainy Day Funds?
DC’s budget for Fiscal Year 2021 shows that three of the District’s four reserves are fully funded. But the evidence is clear—the District is using only a small fraction of its reserves to address the harm of the pandemic.
Budget Principles for a Strong and Equitable Pandemic Recovery
As we move to vaccinate residents and hopefully emerge from the pandemic, our leaders must address the possibility of thousands of residents facing eviction, small businesses that may not recover, and students who have fallen behind. Yet DC’s finances and […]
District Financial Audit Shows Stratified Economy, but in a Strong Financial Position to Address Budget Deficit
The District is building up large budget surpluses and reserves while tens of thousands of residents and many small businesses are suffering, according to an annual audit of DC’s finances released last week.
DC’s Reserves Are Poorly Designed for a Rainy Day
DCFPI Welcomes Heather Lavoie to Our Team!
DC’s Revenue Picture is Improving but Substantial Financial Challenges Remain
The District’s economy and tax collections are doing somewhat better than projections in September, but very substantial financial challenges remain, especially this year and next, according to the CFO’s December 30th revenue forecast.
How the Mayor Can Better Leverage the Bridge Fund
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the District’s residents and economy, bringing into focus why this once-in-a-lifetime crisis requires innovative and creative solutions.
Remembering Our Neighbors Who Died While Homeless
Anthony Denico Williams, just 20 years old, died on Jan 26th. His friend said he was “someone who would give you the shirt from his back.” Unfortunately, Anthony was not alone.
The District Must Enact Revenue Options to Thwart Deepening Income Inequality
The District should do more to fund services for struggling residents, including raising taxes on our highest-income residents and big businesses, to support economic stability that benefits the city.