[News 9/18] Tuesday Round-up

Reminder–Tomorrow: Partnership for Prince George’s County Stakeholders meeting

“11th-Hour Pressure Applied on D.C. Vote” (WaPo, 9/18) D.C. Vote, a nonprofit supported by several Washington Grantmakers members, has led a huge advocacy effort on today’s vote.

Politicians are in full-squabble mode over the $650 million shortfall in Virginia and a $1.5 billion shortfall in Maryland (WaPo, 9/17). Meanwhile, D.C. has a $100 million surplus this year. Mayor Fenty has proposed spending much of it “paying for upgrades to school buildings and buying out hundreds of employees in a purge of the central office” (WaPo, 9/7).

A House subcommittee will convene on Tuesday Sept. 25 to ask: Are charitable organizations are serving diverse populations and communities? (Gov release, via Independent Sector)

The payday loan vote is today. The industry is in a lobbying frenzy to persuade the D.C. Council not to vote to ban exploitative payday lending (WaPo, 9/18). . WaPo editorial: “Payday lenders take advantage of people in desperate straits…Watch how your council member votes…On the merits, it’s not a tough call.”