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RELEASE: Councilmember Allen Bill Exempting Monthly Basic Income Payments from Income Eligibility Thresholds Passes Committee Vote

Beginning next year, DC residents who earn a lower-wage (think less than $60,000 for a family of four) will begin receiving a monthly check, akin to a first-in-the-nation monthly basic income.

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7-1-22: Ward 6 Update

Well, summer's officially here! That means schools are out, pools are open daily, the Nats are...well, they're doing something, I guess. It also means the District's minimum wage increases as of...today!

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Ward 6 Update 6-10-22

Pools are open, splash parks are splashing, and we've had an incredible run of weather and temperatures to make getting out into the neighborhood easy. Hopefully you've been able to enjoy. Lots of updates in this newsletter below for your summer planning, as well as the latest news from the Council. 

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Letter: Majority of Council Supports RFK Land Transfer, Opposes Stadium

Text of a June 8, 2022 letter from seven members of the Council to Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton:

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RELEASE: Councilmember Allen Introduces Bill Overhauling Department of Forensic Sciences, Proposes Making it an Independent Agency

Today, Councilmember Charles Allen – along with his colleagues Councilmembers Brianne Nadeau, Brooke Pinto, Mary Cheh, Janeese Lewis George, Vince Gray, Christina Henderson, Robert White, and Anita Bonds –  introduced legislation to overhaul the District’s Department of Forensic Sciences (“DFS”), which since April 2, 2021, has been unaccredited and incapable of analyzing evidence such as firearms and ballistics, DNA, digital evidence, and fingerprints in criminal prosecutions.

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5-20-22 Ward 6 Update

It's hard to argue with spring in Ward 6, isn't it? Truly every part of the Ward seems to be showing off as trees and gardens hit full bloom, the weather is perfect for walking, and the weekends are packed with trips to the local farmers market, little league games, outdoor dining, and lounging at the neighborhood park. I hope you've been able to get outside and enjoy some of the best weather we get each year. 

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Councilmember Allen Applauds Proposed Expansion of “Monthly Basic Income” to Undocumented DC Workers in Council Budget

Over the next two years, low-wage DC workers, including undocumented DC residents, will start receiving on average a monthly basic income of $300 from DC government

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Ward 6 Budget Wins in 2022

Later today, the Council will take a first vote on the city's budget for next year -- here's a rundown of the many projects funded for across Ward 6 that I wanted to share. This is after months of public hearings and debate, and with a lot of details coming into focus.

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Press Release: Council’s Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety Approves Budget That Fully Funds Public Safety in the District

Today, the DC Council’s Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety voted unanimously to approve budget recommendations for every agency in the District’s public safety cluster, totaling more than $1.7 billion and reflecting input from the public during agency performance and budget oversight hearings.

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Here's what a fully funded public safety budget looks like.

By now, you've heard me talk about how much of a priority public safety is for Ward 6 and across the District. And you've also heard me talk about how the approach we have to take needs to fully fund public safety, rather than falling into "either/or" arguments. We need both action and accountability when harm is committed, and we need to invest in proven strategies to prevent, interrupt, and break cycles of violence. As the Chair of the Council's Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety, I've moved a budget forward today that does exactly this, and it was unanimously approved.

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