BUDGET | Today the DC Council will vote on whether to lower the tax rate on commercial properties that are worth over $10 million or to invest in ending homelessness or preserving or creating affordable housing. They will fund these activities with the new funds collected in taxes on internet sales (DCist, 12/3)
Back in 2013, when it appeared that Congress might pass legislation allowing states to collect such funds, local legislators passed a bill that would direct half of the revenues to funding for Metro and the other half to homelessness services. Mendelson and Evans’ bill repeals that act.
“The Council thought about this well before it became reality. They said ‘let’s spend it on something the community really needs,’” says Ed Lazere, the head of the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute, who wrote an op-ed on the matter last month. “We recognized as a community, as a council, that as a gentrifying city with these needs that we should use growing resources to reinvest. Now what the Council is considering has nothing to do with reinvestment.”
WORKFORCE | Arlington County’s Manager Mark Schwartz is planning to slow down hiring in the government while the county considers how it will deal with its budget deficit. (ARLnow, 12/3)
– D.C. Gives Tech Companies Millions Of Dollars In Tax Breaks. Are They Worth It? (WAMU, 12/3)
– Independent bookstores in Virginia aren’t happy about the state being chosen as a location for Amazon’s second headquarters. (Richmond Times, 11/30)
IMMIGRATION | Claudia Castro Luna, the Washington State Poet Laureate, pens a letter to children seeking asylum in America. (YES! Magazine, 11/3)
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT | Angela Alsobrooks was sworn in as Prince George’s County executive yesterday. (WaPo, 12/3)
ENVIRONMENT | Opinion: In the Face of Extinction, We Have a Moral Obligation (Truthout, 11/3)
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