TRANSPORTATION | Legal Aid Justice Center has released a study exploring how Virginia’s payment plan reforms have impacted residents who were unable to pay court debts. According to the report, often the plans don’t help residents avoid having their licenses suspended. (WaPo, 1/24)
“Our review indicates that, even following significant reforms, payment-plan policies in place across Virginia are not designed to take into account people’s individual financial circumstances, resulting in unrealistic and unaffordable payment plans that often lead to default,” the study said. “Of the 116 policies we examined, not one gives any indication of how it evaluates ability to pay, and correspondingly, the inability to pay.”
Pat Levy-Lavelle, an attorney at the Legal Aid Justice Center, said payment plans are “just part of the puzzle.” He urged Virginia to follow states such as California, which has ended the practice of suspending licenses for unpaid fines.
PUBLIC SAFETY | The District’s Police Complaints Board has released a new report which found that use of force by police has increased and almost 40 percent of those cases were reported in wards 5, 7 and 8. (WTOP, 1/23)
HEALTH CARE | Community heath care clinics are still waiting for Congress to renew their funding. (WBJ, 1/24 – Subscription needed)
PHILANTHROPY | The Greater Washington Community Foundation will celebrate its 45th anniversary on March 12th and it will be awarding the 2018 Civic Spirit Award to Carol Thompson Cole, president and CEO of Venture Philanthropy Partners. Read more here
NONPROFITS | This donor has outlined a list of what nonprofit staff should do when meeting donors for the first time. (Chronicle, 1/23) What do you think?
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT | Fiscal Policy Expert Ed Lazere Is Running for D.C. Council Chairman (WCP, 1/24)
TAX REFORM | DC and Maryland lawmakers are proposing bills that would allow residents to donate money to government-run education funds to counteract new limits on the deduction of state and local tax on federal returns. (WAMU, 1/23)
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