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August 28, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

New analysis finds proposed region-wide Metro tax will harm low-income communities

TRANSIT
– The DC Fiscal Policy Institute, Maryland Center on Economic Policy and the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis have partnered to produce an analysis of the proposed region-wide one-cent sales tax to fund Metro. The groups found that the tax would disproportionately burden low-income communities in the region. (WaPo, 8/27)

The analysis, conducted by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, found that while a penny-per-dollar sales tax would cost those making more than $600,000 less than 0.1 percent of their income, those making less than $25,000 would sacrifice 0.5 percent of their earnings. Black and Latino families in the District would be the hardest hit, according to the report, because 38 percent and 35 percent of their households, respectively, have incomes below $50,000, the report says. Meanwhile, families are already grappling with the region’s high cost of living and disproportionate economic growth that has seen overall wages rise but not for the bottom 40 percent of workers.

– The Purple Line groundbreaking is happening today. (Bethesda Beat, 8/24)

WORKFORCE
– On the 54th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Yanique Redwood, vice chair of WRAG’s board and president and CEO of Consumer Health Foundation, speculates on the future of the workforce with the rising popularity of automation. (CHF Blog, 8/28)

– Opinion: White Economic Privilege Is Alive and Well (NYT, 7/29)

ENVIRONMENT | Local volunteers head to Texas to provide aid to Hurricane Harvey victims. (WTOP, 8/27)

ANTI-SEMITISMHow the Anti-Defamation League Rallied Support After Charlottesville (Chronicle, 8/24 – Subscription needed)

NONPROFITS | A new website, GrantAdvisor.org, has launched to allow nonprofits to anonymously review foundations. Read more here (NAF, 8/28)

HEALTH CARE | Maryland wants to expand a program that saves hospital costs and incentivizes health care providers to improve patient health. (Baltimore Sun, 8/24)


These are the weirdest things people have transported on Metro or without a car. Have you seen the video of the person with a mattress on a bus?

– Kendra

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