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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 »


Budget Autonomy Act court ruling: Council still optimistic

May 19, 2014 -- The Council receives the news of the court’s decision with frustration and disappointment and looks forward to the matter being reconsidered on appeal. Despite the court’s ruling, the judge’s opinion highlights the consensus made recently on an issue that has bedeviled the District since the start of Home Rule. Read More »


Get up to Speed on DC Budget Autonomy

May 14, 2014 -- Budget autonomy is critical to the District’s future—so critical, in fact, that we have taken the Mayor and CFO to court to fight for it. The issue is clear: dollars that are raised locally should be allowed to be spent locally without the need for Congressional involvement (although Congress would retain decision-making on federal funds). The Council, the Mayor, and 83% of District voters are on record supporting this view. Read More »


2015 Budget Mark-Up Schedule

May 13, 2014 -- 2015 Budget Oversight Hearing Schedule (5/13/14) View agencies’ responses to performance oversight questions Read More »


Summary of Twenty-Fourth Legislative Meeting Available

May 7, 2014 --  Read More »


Council Defends Budget Autonomy (updated)

May 5, 2014 -- Seeking to uphold the law – passed by the Council, signed by the Mayor, ratified by 83% of District voters, and passively approved by Congress – the Council of the District of Columbia filed suit this morning against the District’s Mayor and Chief Financial Officer. The suit asserts that the local Budget Autonomy Act is valid, and asks the court to order the Mayor and CFO to comply with the law. Read More »


Revised Budget Oversight Schedule Available

May 2, 2014 -- 2015 Budget Oversight Hearing Schedule (3/31/14) Read More »


Emancipation Day Events Announced

April 9, 2014 -- DC Emancipation Day 2014 is Wednesday, April 16. Emancipation Day activities will kick-off on Sunday, April 13th at the Lincoln Theatre at 6:00 PM with “The Great Debate”. On Wednesday, April 16th, Emancipation Day will begin with an 11:00 AM parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, educational workshops in the John A. Wilson District Building starting at 1:30 PM, a concert on Freedom Plaza featuring Doug E. Fresh, Black Alley band, DJ Kool, Arrested Development, Talib Kweli, and Raheem DeVaugh starting at 4:00 PM, followed by an 8:30 PM fireworks show. All events are free and open to the public. For more information on DC Emancipation Day 2014, please visit www.emancipationdc.com. Read More »


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