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From the Office of Council Member Charles Allen:

“In response to a request for $11 million for additional funding for police officers from Mayor Bowser, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and Councilmember Charles Allen, Chair of the Council’s Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, are proposing a compromise package of investments, with support from a majority of the Council.

The package was circulated today by Chairman Mendelson in an Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute (ANS) to the budget legislation to be considered at tomorrow’s final vote.

The changes would revise the Executive’s requested $11 million enhancement for sworn police officers to instead reduce gun violence by investing in both traditional law enforcement and public-health based programs. Read More

From a joint press release:

“DC Councilmembers Charles Allen (Ward 6), Brianne Nadeau (Ward 1), and Janeese Lewis George (Ward 4) will propose an amendment to the budget that would fund major goals of the Council’s landmark Birth-to-Three legislation by raising wages for thousands of early educators, make a historic investment in ending homelessness and introduce a monthly basic income for DC individuals and families earning less than $57,414 for a family of three. To fund these investments, the proposal would increase the marginal income tax rate on individuals earning more than $250,000 a year.

The proposal comes as the Council is set to hold a first vote tomorrow on the proposed budget, which includes $2.8 billion in federal dollars that will disappear in the next few years.

Statement from the three councilmembers: Read More

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From the office of Attorney General Karl Racine:

“Attorney General Karl A. Racine today issued the following statement after the DC Council passed emergency legislation — introduced by Chairman Mendelson earlier this week, and written in collaboration with the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) — that will protect DC consumers from abusive and unfair debt collection practices after the District’s temporary COVID-19 protections end and debt collection activity resumes. Read More

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