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March 24, 2016 / Ciara Myers, Editor

Mayor Bowser shares new spending plan

DISTRICT
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser recently shared her latest spending plan. Raising the city’s minimum wage, hiring additional police officers, school modernization, and more were among the topics Bowser touched on (WaPo, 3/24):

Bowser’s budget also sidesteps a potentially bruising battle with advocates for the poor. Her spending plan does not carry out a threat made last year to cut off $10 million in funding for long-term welfare recipients. Instead, she will continue the funding for at least another year on monthly benefits for 6,500 families who have already been receiving checks for five years or more.

Related: Earlier this month, Ed Lazere, executive director of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, shared with Daily WRAG readers what legislation to extend Temporary Assistance for Needy Families could mean to a number of households in the District. (Daily, 3/3)

PUTTING RACISM ON THE TABLE | Horning Family Fund Board Chair Missy Young, and lead staffer Dara Johnson, candidly share their reflections on implicit bias and what WRAG’s Putting Racism on the Table series has meant to their organization so far. (Daily 3/24)

PHILANTHROPYExponent Philanthropy, the Fund for Shared Insight, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy present the next videos in their series, Philanthropy Lessons, in which funders share their experiences and what they’ve learned in their philanthropic careers. Stay tuned for more videos through June.

ARTS/VIRGINIA | A new documentary explores Reston, Virginia‘s distinctive, people-first urban development led by planner Robert E. Simon, Jr. 50 years ago, and how his ideas have inspired urban revival in other areas ever since. (City Lab, 3/23)

PUBLIC HEALTH/RACISM | OpinionThe color of heroin addiction — why war then, treatment now? (WaPo, 3/23)

JOBS | The Baltimore City Health Department is seeking an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer to serve from July 2016-July 2017. The goal of the AmeriCorps VISTA position is to train and organize Neighborhood Food Advocates for the Virtual Supermarket Program and to support and grow the Baltimore Food Justice Committee. Interested applicants should apply online now through May 15.


Have you ever wondered if you could be one variety of a cherry blossom tree, which tree you would be? Finally, you can find out. I’m a proud Kwanzan myself.

– Ciara

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