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Our Response to the
DC Council's First Budget Vote

CONGRATULATIONS! Thanks to your support the wind is at our backs!

Today, the DC Council took a huge step towards putting the District of Columbia on the path towards a fair and equitable recovery for children and working families. By raising revenue through a tax amendment that passed 8-5 today during the first vote on the budget, the District will modestly increase taxes for the highest earners (approx $31 more per month). This revenue will support funding the Birth-to-Three for All DC law, raising wages for thousands of early educators, making a historic investment in ending homelessness, and introducing a monthly basic income for individuals and families earning less than $57,414 for a family of three. The second vote on the budget, including the amendment, is in early August.

Thanks to the tireless organizing efforts of the Under 3 DC coalition, we are closer than we have ever been to creating an early education system that works for everyone, including the Black and brown women who provide fundamental, life-changing educational experiences for our youngest District residents. Under 3 DC is a District-wide grassroots coalition harnessing the power of early educators, health professionals, working families, community-based organizations, and DC residents, led by DC Action, DC Early Learning Collaborative, DC Fiscal Policy Institute, Early Childhood Innovation Network, Jews United for Justice, and SPACEs in Action.

We extend our deepest gratitude to the eight child care champions who voted for today’s budget amendment: Councilmembers Charles Allen, Vincent Gray, Christina Henderson, Janeese Lewis George, Brianne Nadeau, Elissa Silverman, Robert White, and Trayon White. We will keep the pressure on to ensure that the Council passes a fair and equitable budget when it votes again on August 3. 

In solidarity, 
Kimberly Perry, Executive Director

About DC Action

DC Action is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, multi-issue advocacy organization making the District of Columbia a place where all kids grow up safe, resilient, powerful and heard. DC Action uses research, data, and a racial equity lens to break down barriers that stand in the way of all kids reaching their full potential. We are home to DC Kids Count, Under 3 DC, DC Out-of-School Time Coalition, the DC Home Visiting Council and the Youth Homelessness Advocacy Coalition. Our collaborative advocacy campaigns bring the power of young people and all residents to raise their voices to create change.

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