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October 24, 2016 / Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Editor

Foundations and nonprofits to the next president: protect the charitable deduction

NONPROFITS | Limiting tax incentives on charitable donations would have a “devastating” effect on society, says a coalition of nonprofits in a letter to presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Policy experts believe that the next administration and incoming Congress will attempt major revisions. (CP, 10/19)

“As charities struggle to raise additional funds to meet increased demands for their services, we ought to encourage Americans to be more generous, not send a signal that giving is less important,” the Charitable Giving Coalition, a group of more than 60 nonprofits, wrote in letters to the two nominees.

The group went further than it has in previous efforts, when it has demanded the charitable tax deduction be preserved. In the letter, the groups proposed that all taxpayers, not just those who itemize their deductions, should be able to subtract charitable donations. Currently only about 30 percent of taxpayers — mostly those in higher income brackets — itemize their deductions.

TRANSPORTATION | Why did Metro release a potential plan for service cuts to the public, that it now says was never serious in the first place? (WaPo, 10/24)

EDUCATION |  The D.C. government-funded program, Show Up, Stand Out, is fighting absenteeism in city schools through a new smartphone app. (WAMU, 10/21)

DC/STATEHOOD Opinion: Washingtonians should vote for statehood to send a message (City Paper, 10/20)

MONTGOMERY COUNTY | Government-loving Montgomery County seems poised to adopt term limits (WaPo, 10/23)

EDUCATION | Nonprofits and educators have a plan to teach computer science to every child. (Atlantic, 10/19)

RACE |  Where Women of Color Live: A new report maps the geography of American women by race and ethnicity (City Lab, 10/21)

Apparently D.C. residents like Twix candy  the best at Halloween – I’m partial to Butterfingers myself – Buffy

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