TRANSIT | Metro has issued a request for proposals from private companies that are willing to perform maintenance and operations on the Silver Line extension. The agency said that hiring a private company, rather than hiring union employees, would save taxpayers money and keep the operating costs low. (WaPo, 9/18)
The plan is already getting pushback from Metro’s largest union, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, which represents the system’s train and bus operators. The union has long argued that outsourcing daily transit services results in poor service for riders and subpar maintenance of valuable infrastructure.
“Privatization is not a cost saving, but instead drives up fares, jeopardizes safety, results in service cuts, and fosters an environment for political corruption because it puts profits ahead of the riding public,” the union said in a statement Tuesday.
TAX REFORM | Amy Owen, president of the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties ( and a WRAG board member), discusses how new tax cuts will impact charitable giving. (Daily, 9/19)
RACIAL EQUITY | In Grantmakers In Health‘s Views From the Field publication, Yanique Redwood, president of Consumer Health Foundation and chair of WRAG’s board, and I wrote about CHF’s racial equity approach and our efforts to create a racially equitable DC. (Grantmakers In Health, 9/14)
PUBLIC SAFETY | Collateral Damage: Caught Between Gun Violence And Aggressive Policing (WAMU, 9/19)
ECONOMY | Opinion: Amy Liu, vice president of the Brookings Institution, discusses why she believes the Greater Washington community needs Amazon’s second headquarters. (WBJ, 9/18)
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT | Republican leaders of Virginia’s House of Delegates have offered what they call a “race-blind” redistricting map to replace the one the US District Court defined as racial gerrymandered. (WaPo, 9/18)
ARTS & HUMANITIES | The National Museum of African American History and Culture has announced that it will partner with Netflix for the first Smithsonian African American Film Festival next month. (Variety, 9/18)
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