Funding Equity: How to Find Money for a Better Budget
The DC Council can do more to support crucial programs— and make progress on their stated commitment to racial equity— by making smart choices to find more revenue for the FY 2020 DC budget.
News Flash: DC Budget Has Been Growing at a Normal Rate
While some leaders have raised concerns about the growth in the proposed fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget, taking a longer view suggests that the DC budget is growing at a standard pace.
What Do Children Need to Succeed? Hint: It’s More than Good Schools
As the Council completes the FY 2020 budget, it should respond to the complexity of children’s lives and needs by strengthening all of the supports that children need to thrive. Addressing just one area—such as schools—will not be enough.
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.