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Notices of Emergency Legislation for September 23 Legislative Meeting

September 18, 2014 -- Councilmembers have provided notice of their intent to introduce the following emergency legislation at the September 23, 2014 Legislative Meeting:  Read More »


Council plays prominent role in first Congressional hearing on DC statehood in decades

September 15, 2014 -- Today, for the first time since 1993, a Congressional hearing was held on the topic of statehood for the District of Columbia. Senator Thomas Carper introduced the legislation, which would create a 51st American state, to be called New Columbia.  Read More »


On Labor Day, Council celebrates this year’s labor victories

September 1, 2014 -- The current Council session, Council Period 20 (2013-2014), has had among its highlights many victories for District workers. While increasingly the media and general public view Labor Day as merely the grand finale of a delightful summer, and a hallmark of the back-to-school season, it is important to remember that the holiday was created to celebrate the victories of the organized labor movement.  Read More »


Latest in DC budget autonomy case: Briefs are filed, court date is set

August 29, 2014 -- Back on April 17, the Council sued Mayor Vincent Gray and Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey DeWitt in an effort to require them to implement a referendum passed by DC voters in November of 2012 by an 83% margin. The referendum provided for local spending of locally raised tax revenue, without passing through the traditional Congressional appropriation process. Recently, new briefs were filed by the Council, Mayor Gray and CFO DeWitt, and numerous amicus curiae, in the appeal of the initial District Court ruling in favor of the Defendants. Links to these briefs, plus a summary of the amicus briefs, are included below. Read More »


Soccer Stadium Analysis Contract Awarded

July 21, 2014 -- After an extensive review process of proposals received in response to the Council’s RFP for an analysis of the District of Columbia Soccer Stadium Development Act of 2014, the Council determined that CSL International provided the most comprehensive and cost-effective proposal and has been awarded the contract for services. Proposals were received from Baker Hostetler, Johnson Consulting, and Melissa Bradley. Read More »


Obama Administration once again backs DC budget and legislative autonomy

July 16, 2014 -- In a Statement of Administration Policy released July 14 by President Obama's Office of Management and Budget and addressed to the House Appropriations Subcommittee with jurisdiction over the District, the Administration once again expressed its support for DC budget and legislative autonomy. Specifically, the document singled out the issues of abortion, marijuana, and needle exchanges as topics where Congress should not interfere with how the District spends its local dollars.  Read More »


Summary of Twenty-Eighth Legislative Meeting Available

July 15, 2014 -- At the Council's July 14 Legislative Meeting, during a nearly nine hour long marathon session, the Council tackled several major pieces of legislation. The most attention-getting votes were those on the override of Mayor Gray’s veto of the Council’s budget (initially passed 13-0 on May 28 and 12-1 on June 24). Read More »


What would YOUR BUSINESS lose if the Council’s budget is not implemented?

July 13, 2014 -- The Council passed the Budget Support Act (BSA) twice, as required by law: by a vote of 13-0 on May 28 and by a vote of 12-1 on June 24. That legislation included a progressive package of tax reforms for both individuals and businesses. Subsequently, the Mayor vetoed an emergency version of the BSA. On Monday, July 14, the Council will consider an override of the Mayor's veto, which would require the votes of at least nine Councilmembers. If the veto is overriden, your business will receive the tax savings outlined below. If the veto is not overriden, the tax savings outlined in the chart below will never occur.  Read More »


What would YOU lose if the Council’s budget is not implemented?

July 13, 2014 -- The Council passed the Budget Support Act (BSA) twice, as required by law: by a vote of 13-0 on May 28 and by a vote of 12-1 on June 24. Subsequently, the Mayor vetoed an emergency version of the BSA. On Monday, July 14, the Council will consider an override of the Mayor's veto, which would require the votes of at least nine Councilmembers. If the veto is overriden, you will receive the tax savings outlined below. If the veto is not overriden, the tax savings outlined in the chart below will never occur. Read More »


Full scope of FY 2015 budget, explained

July 13, 2014 -- With all the discussions of individual aspects of the budget recently approved by the Council, it is all too easy to lose the forest in the trees.  Let’s try to zoom out a bit, then zoom back in, all in a way that’s more approachable by the average District resident. Read More »


Council Budget Office Executive Summary of FY 2015 Budget

July 13, 2014 -- This is the official Council Budget Office executive summary regarding the FY 2015 budget year. Read More »


Draft agenda for July 14 Legislative Meeting and Committee of the Whole now available

July 10, 2014 -- On Monday, July 14, the full Council will meet first as the Committee of the Whole at 10AM, immediately followed by the final Legislative Meeting prior to summer recess. Read More »


How much will YOUR BUSINESS save in taxes under the new Council tax reforms?

July 2, 2014 -- On June 24, the Council passed the Budget Support Act, which included a substantial package of tax reforms that will benefit most District businesses and residents as they are phased in over the next few years. How much can your business expect to save each year, once the tax cuts are fully implemented? The chart below will show you. Read More »


How much will YOU save in taxes under the new Council tax reforms?

June 30, 2014 -- On June 24, the Council passed the Budget Support Act, which included a substantial package of progressive tax reforms that will benefit most District residents as they are phased in over the next few years. How much can your family expect to save each year, once the tax cuts are fully implemented?  Read More »


Council approves FY 2015 Budget Support Act by a 12-1 vote

June 25, 2014 -- By a 12 to 1 vote, the Council passed the FY 2015 Budget Support Act (BSA) on a second and final vote yesterday. The District’s budget and legislative process require two votes on most legislation. Yesterday’s vote follows the first approval, which took place on May 28. (A more extensive discussion of the budget process, and the content of the budget as approved on May 28 is available here.) Read More »


Summary of Twenty-Seventh Legislative Meeting available

June 24, 2014 -- A summary of the actions of the Council of the District of Columbia at the Twenty-Seventh Legislative Meeting held on June 24, 2014 is available online here. Read More »


RFP for soccer stadium analysis

June 16, 2014 -- The Council of the District of Columbia is seeking the services of a Contractor to provide a detailed cost benefit analysis of the real estate transactions proposed in the District of Columbia Soccer Stadium Development Act of 2014, and provide expert advice on the terms of the proposed transactions. Attached you will find Solicitation DCAB-2014-Q3-14FP: District of Columbia Soccer Stadium Cost Benefit Analysis Services. This solicitation will close on Monday, July 1, 2014 at 4:00pm.  Read More »


Summary of Twenty-Sixth Legislative Meeting available

June 4, 2014 -- A summary of the actions of the Council of the District of Columbia at the Twenty-Sixth Legislative Meeting held on June 3, 2014 is available online here. Read More »


Council approves FY 2015 budget proposal on first reading

May 29, 2014 -- Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Vote: Some Context and Some Content In the days leading up to the Council’s first vote on the District’s budget, and in the time since, much has been written in the press and on social media regarding selected aspects of the budget’s content. Let’s step back, though, and consider the broader procedural and operational context of the budget. Read More »


Summary of Twenty-Fifth Legislative Meeting Available

May 28, 2014 -- A summary of the actions of the Council of the District of Columbia at the Twenty-Fifth Legislative Meeting held on May 28, 2014 is available online here. Read More »


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