Behind the council vote to tax residents making more than $250K, and other budget amendments you might not have heard about
The D.C. Council debated several amendments to fiscal year 2022 budget legislation to include a measure to tax high-income earners at a higher rate to support a number of new initiatives, as well as a failed measure to allocate additional funds for hero’s pay — a financial incentive program for the city’s essential workers. The final votes are coming up in early August.
Poverty in 2021 looks different than in 1964 – but the U.S. hasn’t changed how it measures who’s poor since LBJ began his war
In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson famously declared war on poverty. Up until this point, the U.S. had no official measure of poverty and therefore no statistics on its scope, shape or changing nature. Author and professor Mark Robert Rank discusses his book Confronting Poverty and how the approach that the government came up with in the 1960s is still its official measure of poverty, used to determine eligibility for hundreds of billions of dollars in federal aid.
‘DC’s richest residents pay lower taxes than everyone else,’ report finds
Ahead of debates over the mayor’s FY22 budget, a DCFPI analysis finds that D.C.’s 1% pays less in taxes than everyone but the lowest 20% of residents and argues that higher taxes on D.C.’s wealthiest residents are essential to addressing racial inequities in wealth and income.
Overloaded with landlords and real-estate developers, Bowser’s “Saving DC’s Rental Housing Market Strike Force” leaves out marginalized tenant voices
Tenant voices were conspicuously absent from the deliberation on recommendations that will affect the District’s most vulnerable renters’ ability to remain housed through the end of the pandemic and long after.
Homeless or poor citizens may have trouble getting stimulus payments. Catholic Charities hopes to help
Since the CARES Act was passed, many Americans who filed tax returns have already received their economic stimulus payment. Catholic Charities DC is reaching out to those who may not have filed and think they’re ineligible.
Two proposed bills to mitigate housing discrimination may only duplicate existing protections
Two bills addressing housing discrimination received a hearing on Feb. 20. In response, critics voiced their concerns regarding the enforcement of this legislation and whether they are adequate enough to fully address this deep-rooted systemic issue.
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