Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the District of Columbia’s budget calendar and participation opportunities are different than in previous years. Because of pressures from protest and a groundswell of #DefundPolice testimony — the Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety reported 16,000 pieces submitted — DC has an unprecedented opportunity to shift budget priorities this year. This week’s “Community thru Covid” provides a review of the DC FY21 budget schedule, where we are now, and some background on recommended cuts as well as the call to increase revenue.
Tune in, 11 – 11:30 Eastern, on We Act Radio to prepare for the next stage of the budget cycle — in which the DC Council has the opportunity to #DefundMPD. Recording available shortly after air-time.
Budget Oversight hearings for the Committee of the Whole take place later today, June 17, 12-6 p.m., and June 18, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
– Local Budget Act
– Federal Portion Budget Request Act
– Budget Support Act
– FY2020 Revised Local Budget Emergency Adjustment Act
The movement to #DefundMPD has resulted in calls to immediately reduce the MPD budget by $79 million and the portion of the education budget which funds police in schools by $23 million. Learn more at Fair Budget Coalition and these DC Fiscal Policy Institute pages
Here is the Fair Budget Coalition petition.
Juneteenth Week of Action Defund Toolkit
DCFPI budget toolkit