Get your budget advocacy on at three in-person budget fora sponsored by Mayor Bowser starting February 21.Read More
DC government agencies are right now working on their budgets for FY 2020 (October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020). This means its time for organizations, communities, and individuals to do some budget advocacy with executive branch agencies. Best to be quick about it. The first submission deadline is Wednesday, October 31 and the last is Friday, November 16.Read More
Fiscal Year 2019 (FY 2019, FY19) started October 1. As is always the case, some laws, policies, programs, and taxes change from one year to the next. Action—advocacy—on the budget is not done when the mayor signs it. To the contrary, once the fiscal year starts, the work is focused on making sure agencies implement the budget.
APACC and its members will be paying close attention to several elements of the FY 2019 budget and taking action when necessary.Read More
We are currently in Council Period 22 (CP 22), which began at noon on January 2, 2017, and will conclude at 11:59 am on January 2, 2019. CP 23 starts at noon, January 2, 2019. Jonetta Rose Barras’ recent discussion is a good reminder to voice our opinions about leadership of council committees before committee chair assignments are announced in January.Read More
DC government and the city as a whole have received a magnificent present tied with a big, beautiful bow: superlative credit ratings. From whom? The "Big Three" credit rating agencies—Fitch Ratings, Standard & Poor's, and Moody's. But what do the improvements truly mean?Read More
Are ferries a viable option for commuters? The Northern Virginia Regional Commission thinks so. Years ago they proposed the Potomac Commuter Fast Ferry as a potential solution to road congestion, a challenged public transportation system, and emerging commercial markets. But their benefit to DC, and particularly Wards 7 and 8, is a big unknown.Read More
Earlier this year, the Council of the District of Columbia’s budget office released the report Approaches and Strategies for Providing a Minimum Income in the District of Columbia exploring the feasibility of a minimum income program in the city. McCourt School of Public Policy student Andrew Debraggio unpacks the report and highlights the salient points.Read More
DC’s FY 2018 local revenue has increased by close to $80 million according to the June 2018 revenue estimate (PDF) prepared by the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. Anyone who plans to advocate for a particular use for additional revenue should be ready to meet with the administration as soon as possible, and with council offices in fall.Read More
In 2016, Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC) purchased Randle Hill Apartments to rejuvenate and preserve the affordable housing offered by this 196-unit garden-style complex.
Fast forward two years and CPDC and Randle Hill Apartments are making news again. Mayor Bowser recently announced that DC, and Wards 7 and 8 in particular, will be getting more affordable housing thanks to a $103 million DC government investment. Randle Hill Apartments is one of the projects funded.Read More
The DC Department of Energy and Environment has released a new Sustainable DC 2.0 Plan, and they are asking for your comments. Why should you care about Sustainable DC? Bradford Everette from DOEE came and talked to APACC at our last meeting. He said that "sustainability" doesn't just mean buying "green" products and planting trees -- "sustainability" means "survival." Being sustainable means having a healthy home, healthy food, and healthy neighborhood that help you live a happy and long life.Read More
I recently attended the “Phase 2 Kickoff” of DC’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative. There were about 100 people in the room from all kinds of District agencies and non-profit organizations who are concerned about DC’s future. About 20 of them were there to talk specifically about the Anacostia River.Read More
Coming off of a very successful experience advocating on the FY 2018 budget last spring, APACC again eyed Mayor Bowser's proposed FY 2019 budget as ripe for analysis and advocacy. Here’s what our budget-savvy members think about the budget.Read More