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December 17, 2014 / Ciara Myers, Editor

Who pays the lowest taxes in the region?

The D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute has information on a new report from DC’s Chief Financial Officer regarding how much residents in the region pay in taxes. According to the report, D.C. residents pay much less than residents in every nearby county, but that may not be the best thing. (DCFPI, 12/17)

The taxes paid by DC residents generally are lower than in both Maryland and Virginia, often by thousands of dollars. And this is true for a wide spectrum of residents, according to a new report from DC’s Chief Financial Officer. Whether you are a moderate-income renter or a middle-income homeowner, taxes in the District are now lower than in every nearby county.


Having the lowest household taxes in the region may seem like a great thing. But it’s important to keep in mind that lower taxes also means less revenue that could be going to schools, health care or public safety. And a great deal of research confirms that people generally do not choose where to live based on taxes. Instead, location decisions tend to focus on factors such as jobs, schools, proximity to family, and climate.

Maryland’s rural economy depends on its urban and suburban areas (GGW, 12/16)

HIV/AIDS | Following yesterday’s release of DC Appleseed’s ninth annual report card on HIV/AIDS in the Nation’s Capital, Channing Wickham, executive director of the Washington AIDS Partnership, which has supported the report since 2004, had this to say:

The Washington AIDS Partnership is proud of how far the District of Columbia has come in it’s efforts to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Yesterday, DC Appleseed Center released its 9th Report Card highlighting the District’s progress and areas where improvement is still needed, as a part of a Washington AIDS Partnership-initiated project.  Areas of concern are HIV/AIDS education in the District’s schools, especially charter schools, and stable housing for low-income people living with HIV/AIDS.  In 2015, the Washington AIDS Partnership and DC Appleseed Center will take the Report Card to the next level by working together with the D.C. government and the community to develop a plan to end HIV/AIDS in the nation’s capitol. We hope to work closely with the Bowser administration and our community partners in developing this plan.

– The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia‘s (CFNOVA)  Business Women’s Giving Circle has awarded $40,000 to three organizations supporting STEM education and entrepreneurship programming for girls through their inaugural grant cycle. Find out more about the winning organizations here. The Future Fund at CFNOVA has also announced $40,000 in grants to two mental health services organizations. You can find out more about those awards here. (CFNOVA,12/15 and 12/17)

– Save the Date! The 2015 Collective Impact Forum Funders Convening will take place May 4-6, 2015 in New Orleans, LA. The year’s themes will include equity, leadership, effectiveness, and community engagement and inclusion. To find out more and to register, click here.

Related: Last year, Jeff Edmonson of the Strive Partnership spoke to philanthropic and nonprofit leaders at a Brightest Minds event and shared his insights on the power of collective impact and some of the challenges that follow. (Daily, 4/23)

HOMELESSNESS | D.C. Begins Housing Families in Overflow Hotel as Exits Slow (DCist, 12/16)

Residents in the region Googled some strange things this year

– Ciara 

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