D.C. Council votes on 2016 District budget

As the D.C. Council and Mayor Bowser prepare to adopt a finalized 2016 budget, Washington Business Journal breaks down some of the key provisions being voted on and some of the areas where consensus has proven difficult (WBJ, 5/27):

Two main points of contention remain between the legislative and executive branches ahead of Wednesday’s vote.

The first is the number of police body cameras the District will acquire next year: The council, led by Public Safety Committee Chairman Kenyan McDuffie, is providing funding for only 1,200, and Bowser wants double that. Mendelson said the council is squarely behind McDuffie on this matter.

The second is the permanent expansion of the Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program to include individuals between 22 and 24 years old. The council will fund the expansion this summer, but not next year, Mendelson said. Young adults, he said, should be receiving workforce training either through D.C.’s community college or through various government programs, not working a “six week minimum wage job.”

Bowser on Tuesday signed a law expanding SYEP for 22-24 year olds, but only for the upcoming summer. She used the opportunity to lobby for future years.

ARTS | Grantmakers in the Arts and Foundation Center have released a new report, “Foundation Funding for Arts and Education,” that takes a look at trends in arts funding by private foundations using data from 1999 through 2012. (GIA, 5/18)

PHILANTHROPY | In their latest edition of Responsive Philanthropy, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy looks at the subject of implicit bias, including how it can make its way into grantmaking, and offers valuable strategies for reducing it. (NCRP, Spring 2015)

AGING | In response to a large aging population, adult day services have emerged as a growing industry and a viable alternative to senior homes in places like D.C. (NPR, 5/23)

POVERTY | The Failures and Merits of Place-Based Initiatives (City Lab, 5/25)

MARYLAND/WORKFORCE | Maryland gains 16,400 jobs in April, highest total in 5 years (WBJ, 5/27)

SOCIAL JUSTICE | History can offer a glimpse into the possible outcomes of the recent protests that have erupted in several cities following incidents of police brutality. Research supports that one outcome in particular has been most persistent over the years. (WaPo, 5/21)

YOUTH | The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has released a report on disengaged youth around the world who are not employed or in school. The report found that one in every six young people in the U.S. is disengaged. (WaPo, 5/27)

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