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Our Evaluation of the Mayor’s FY2015 Budget

  Mayor Gray released his budget last week amid growing pressure to address poverty and inequality in DC.  We are very happy to report that there were many new investments into critical safety net programs like affordable housing, cash assistance to low income families and mental health services. But the budget fell far short...

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Time for a Sales Tax Makeover

 By Keshini Ladduwahetty, DC for Democracy   Would you believe me if I told you there is a tax on poverty?  A tax that steadily climbs as you go DOWN the income ladder?  Of course not — you would think such a thing would have died along with feudalism and the divine right of kings. Except that there is a tax on...

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Estate Tax Cuts: Not a Priority in a City with Real Needs

Guest blogpost by Jesse Lovell, DC for Democracy Among the Tax Revision Commission’s recommendations for the Mayor and the Council a proposal was included to raise the tax exemption on estates from today’s $1 million all the way up to $5.25 million. And as it turns out, just last week, the eminently reasonable, fair and...

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Workers Rally and Testify to Stop Wage Theft in DC

(Cross posted from the Employment Justice Center blog.) On Friday, workers braved the last of the wintry weather to continue to send the message to the DC Council that they must put an end to wage theft. More than 75 workers, community members, unions, and advocates turned out to the rally and hearing to hear worker testimony in...

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