Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Today's Special Election

From Facebook:
Has anyone received the all-important Sociology in My Neighborhood endorsement in tomorrow's "special" election? Over in the Lola Park neighborhood, some folks consider the SINM endorsement the "invisible primary."
The SIMN endorsement for today's special election isn't really an endorsement.
According to the DC Office of the Chief Financial Officer, the top tax bracket starts at $40,001 with a 8.5% tax rate. The Federal poverty line for a family of four is $22,050. The DC government's level for "very-low income" housing assistance is $43,500 for a family of four. From various sources, here are the candidates who will not raise taxes "to close a projected fiscal 2012 shortfall of $400 million to $600 million" and thus propose to cut services:
Here are the candidates who seek to rewrite the tax code so that there are more tax brackets (such as a $125,000 tax bracket) in order to avoid cutting services:
What is on the table to be cut? According to the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, the proposed 2012 budget cuts "$130 million from human services and other programs that support low-income residents. Although human service programs make up 26 percent of the locally funded budget, they accounted for 67 percent of the Mayor’s cuts." These cuts are added to the $340 million cuts in human services and other low-income programs since 2008. With over 9% unemployment in Ward 6 and over 20% unemployment in Ward 7, these services, as well as jobs programs and education funds, are needed now more than ever. As of Feb. 28, 2011, 12,000 city youth have already applied for jobs through DC's summer job program, and there are only 12,000 positions. Could other kinds of innovative jobs programs (that offer real jobs) be created in DC? Or do they already exist? Do lower income taxes on those making $40,001+ create jobs in DC?

Today's vote means a lot to a lot of people, so vote with and for your neighbors.

Here's info on where to cast your vote today.

3 comments:

  1. The shortfall is now down to about $300 million. The mayor's proposal for FY 2012 cuts human services spending by a mere 5% from 2011.

    Also, candidates Orange and Biddle are now on the record with Mara for opposing tax increases.

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  2. Thanks, Eric, for the update. Very helpful.

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  3. Do you have the link to the new budget data?

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