CHILDREN & FAMILIES | The DC Council unanimously approved the Birth-to-Three For All DC Act, which will increase investments in health services provided to infants and toddlers, and increase subsidies for early childhood learning to expand access and to increase the wages of low-paid workers. Now the city has to figure out how to fund it. (DCist, 11/19)
This all comes at a steep price: an estimated $500 million over the next decade. So far, just $1.3 million has been earmarked for the Birth-to-Three Act in the 2019 budget, financed by a tobacco tax increase last spring.
This month 18 local organizations—banding together under the umbrella of the “Birth to Three Policy Alliance”—sent a letter to the mayor, requesting she invest $30 million in her next budget for the legislation ($22 million to raise the wages of educators, $6 million to expand home visiting, and $2 million to expand healthcare supports).
– Here’s what DC offered Amazon to locate its second headquarters here. The incentives include DC committing to double its spending on affordable housing through the Housing Production Trust Fund to $200 million a year. (WAMU, 11/19)
– This is how the residents of a historically Black section of Exmore, Virginia created a nonprofit and installed their own indoor plumbing in 1999 after city officials ignored them for years. (YES! Magazine, 11/19)
TRANSGENDER RIGHTS | Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has released A National Epidemic: Fatal Anti-Transgender Violence in America in 2018, a report honoring the known transgender people killed in 2018. (HRC, 11/19)
ARTS & HUMANITIES | Anacostia-based Theater Alliance has named Raymond O. Caldwell as its new artistic director. (WaPo, 11/19)
WORKFORCE | How the economy is impacting the lives of women, especially those who are pregnant or women of color. (Truthout, 11/11)
IMMIGRATION | A federal judge has temporarily blocked the administration from denying asylum to migrants who cross the southern border into the United States. (WaPo, 11/20)
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