There was never any doubt about it, but now it’s official. The budget autonomy Charter amendment passed with 83 percent of the vote in yesterday’s referendum. The people of the District of Columbia have spoken overwhelmingly, and they’ve made it clear that they are determined to play an active role […]
In testimony to the D.C. Council Committee on Transportation and the Environment, DC Appleseed project director Brooke DeRenzis explains the importance of toxics clean-up to achieving the District’s goal of a swimmable, fishable Anacostia River. Her testimony describes how toxic compounds from industrial activities, stormwater pollution, and sewers have accumulated […]
In his weekly radio address on WNEW yesterday, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray urged voters to support the budget autonomy referendum on April 23 to “send a clear message to the nation that we not only deserve our freedom, but that we demand it.”
The Washington Post editorial page observes that “momentum [is] building for budget autonomy,” with President Obama proposing full budget autonomy for the District and D.C. residents voting on the local budget autonomy Charter amendment on April 23.
This has been a good week for D.C. democracy and for DC Appleseed. Our longstanding efforts to help achieve local budget autonomy and protect D.C. voters’ right to elect a strong, independent Attorney General both saw important developments. President Obama Heightens the Referendum’s Importance First, on Wednesday, President […]
In an editorial today, the Washington Post agreed with DC Appleseed that the Council should respect the people’s overwhelming determination in the 2010 referendum to have a strong, independent elected Attorney General. We testified on March 26 and April 9 against a pending proposal that would significantly reduce the chief […]
By Brooke DeRenzis, DC Appleseed, and Ed Lazere, DC Fiscal Policy Institute There is little doubt that the District’s leaders, especially Mayor Gray, are serious about helping residents get jobs, with an array of new initiatives that include a workforce intermediary and an independent community college. Yet the District’s […]
The Washington Post endorsed voting “Yes” on the local budget autonomy Charter amendment on April 23.