Virginia’s median income drops significantly, sequestration likely to blame

Shiver me timbers! While we’ve reported in recent months that the sequestration’s impact seems to have been less than painful, new census data show that the budget cuts have actually significantly hornswaggled the amount of treasure in Virginia residents’ coffers. Marylanders and the landlubbers of D.C. have slightly better news (WaPo, 9/19):

The median income for Virginia households fell in a single year by $1,400, to less than $62,000, the Census Bureau said. Adjusting for inflation, that is almost $1,000 less than it was in 2000.

In contrast, the median household income plateaued in Maryland, which has the highest median figure in the country. It rose in the District and in Montgomery County, and it fell in Prince George’s County. Among big cities, the Washington area has the nation’s highest median income, $88,000.

POVERTY | Opinion: Yesterday, we reported that the nation’s poverty rate continues to be the scourge of the seven seas, making no positive gains even as the economy improves. The Hitachi Foundation’s Mark Popovich takes stock of what’s hindering the three sectors that have the capacity to move the needle – government, nonprofits/philanthropy, and business. (HuffPo, 9/19)

EVENT | Our country has come a long way in the fight for social and economic equality, but we still have a long way to go. We hope you’ll join us for WRAG’s final Brightest Minds event of 2013 to hear from Dr. Lonnie Bunch, founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. He’ll discuss how our society – at large, and here in our region – is shaped by history and culture, with vast implications for philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. [More info.]

ECONOMY | Here be a magnificent new interactive tool that allows ye to look at economic mobility by race, relationship status, education, and parental status. A key finding: college degrees are game changers. (Pew, 9/17)

VETERANS | As local employers increase efforts to hire veterans, they’re frequently unaware of significant but avoidable issues facing veteran integration into the civilian workforce. How can funders help? Rebekah writes about it today. (Daily, 9/19)

FOOD | The House is scheduled to vote today whether to pillage SNAP funding. (WaPo, 9/19)

COMMUNITY | Yesterday, we announced that The Community Foundation had started a relief fund for victims and families of the Navy Yard shooting. They have actually started two funds, the second of which is dedicated to addressing the problem of systemic violence in our region. Learn more about both funds here.

LOCAL | The D.C. Council is considering a bill that would legalize possession and distribution of marijuana, similar to recent laws in Washington and Colorado. As WAMU points out, this would impact the District’s absurdly high arrest rate for possession. The new rule of the seas would regulate marijuana similarly to grog and rum. (WAMU, 9/19)

Related: D.C. Leads Nation in Marijuana Arrests Per Capita and Arrests Eight Times as Many Blacks as Whites (DCist, 6/5)

EDUCATION | New superintendent of education is not new to DC (GGE, 9/19)

TRANSIT | The scallywags at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority have announced that the Silver Line is almost ready to be turned over to Metro control. The opening date seems to be slipping further away, but a spokesperson said, “Safety and performance are always our top priorities.” (CP, 9/19) Of course “priorities” and “strengths” are not the same thing…

HOUSING | On Affordable Housing, the Feds Pull Back Their Helping Hand (CP, 9/19)


Ahoy, me hearties! As ye can probably see, today’s Talk Like a Pirate Day. Here be some related items: tips on talking like a sailor and the ballad of an aging pirate.

(Also, unrelated, check out this dog’s brilliant escape from a kitchen. The boarded up area above the sink is a window to the living room with plywood over it.)

First mate Rebekah has the Daily tomorrow. Enjoy yer weekends!

– Captain Christian