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D.C. Budget Reflects Priorities of Ward 5 Residents

D.C. Budget Reflects Priorities of Ward 5 Residents

Press Release
On Tuesday, May 15, 2018, the Council of the District of Columbia held the first of two votes on the District of Columbia Budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The second vote is scheduled to take place Tuesday, May 29, 2018.   The budget is the culmination of months of hearings and hundreds of hours of public testimony, resulting in a budget that invests in new facilities for Ward 5 residents of all ages, addresses root causes of crime through continued implementation of the NEAR Act, and supports neighborhoods and small business retail corridors. The following represents highlights of the proposed FY19 Budget: Ward 5 Priorities: Funding for improvements to Model Cities Senior Wellness Center. This popular senior facility will benefit from a renovation to expand opportunities to promote senior…
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Statement on D.C. BizCAP Loan Participation Program

Statement on D.C. BizCAP Loan Participation Program

Statement
    Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the D.C. Council Committee on Business and Economic Development, has released the following statement on the D.C. BizCAP Loan Participation Program:   "I recognize that our small and local businesses are the foundation of our growing city and play a crucial part in providing jobs for our residents. We cannot afford to have our government fail our citizens and local businesses. Connecting small and local businesses, particularly our Certified Business Enterprises (CBEs), to access to capital is one of my top priorities. While today’s article in the Washington Business Journal is deeply troubling, I remain committed to working with the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) to increase access to capital for our businesses. As Chair of the Committee on Business…
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D.C. Council Passes Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie’s Legislation to Make it Easier for Vendors to Work with District Government

D.C. Council Passes Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie’s Legislation to Make it Easier for Vendors to Work with District Government

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  D.C. Council Passes Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie’s Legislation to Make it Easier for Vendors to Work with District Government   The Legislation Will Create a Single Web Page to Link All D.C. Government Contracting Opportunities; Bring Vendor Invoicing and Payments Online; and Ease Dispute Resolution between Prime and Subcontractors   For Immediate Release: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Contact: Nolan Treadway, (202) 445-0361, ntreadway@dccouncil.us Washington, DC – Today, the District of Columbia Council passed legislation introduced by Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development. The legislation, the Accessible and Transparent Procurement Amendment Act of 2018 [B22-395], incorporates parts of two other bills also introduced by Councilmember McDuffie in 2017, the Quick Payment Amendment Act of 2017 and the Government Contractor-Subcontractor Dispute Resolution Amendment Act…
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Statement Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. King

Statement Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. King

Statement
  Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie's Statement Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. King:   "Today, we remember the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose life was tragically ended fifty years ago while helping organize sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee. While memorialized for his dream, we must also pause to remember Dr. King’s unwavering commitment to racial equality, social justice, and economic inclusion. We must remember his commitment to the ideals of opportunity and social advancement—that only when our normal routines are disrupted do we really begin to fully understand societal issues. In his 1964 Nobel Peace Prize address, Dr. King stated, “there is nothing new about poverty. What is new, however, is that we have the resources to get rid of…
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Councilmember McDuffie’s Opening Statement at the Hearing on the Comprehensive Plan Framework Amendments

Councilmember McDuffie’s Opening Statement at the Hearing on the Comprehensive Plan Framework Amendments

Statement
Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Ward 5 Opening Statement Council of the District of Columbia Committee of the Whole Public Hearing Tuesday, March 20, 2018 "Good afternoon, I want to thank the Chairman for holding this important hearing. And I want to thank my colleagues for being here and all these public witnesses who have taken time out of their busy schedules to weigh in to what is probably one of the most pressing issues facing the District of Columbia in a very long time. I am grateful that you all have made it out to today’s hearing. As we look at this Comprehensive Plan, this plan should do more than make a broad policy statement. Like other jurisdictions, I believe it should evaluate and account for the growth of the…
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Councilmember McDuffie statement on Councilmember Trayon White’s remarks

Councilmember McDuffie statement on Councilmember Trayon White’s remarks

Statement
  Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie issued the following statement on Councilmember Trayon White's remarks:   "I spoke with Councilmember Trayon White earlier today about his recent remarks. I expressed to him that anti-Semitic conspiracies and deeply offensive rhetoric have no place in our public discourse, certainly not coming from our elected officials. Councilmember White has apologized, rightly, and has been meeting with members of the Jewish community to begin a process of understanding the history of his remarks and why his words are so hurtful. I believe he is doing so in good faith and hope that he has learned from this experience." ###
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Councilmember McDuffie statement on DCPS Chancellor Antwan Wilson

Councilmember McDuffie statement on DCPS Chancellor Antwan Wilson

Statement
  Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie issued the following statement on District of Columbia Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson:   "On June 22, 2017, Chancellor Antwan Wilson signed Chancellor’s Directive #103, Discretionary Out-of-Boundary Transfers Policy. The transfer policy expressly states that, “this discretionary transfer process is not available for current or former ‘public officials.’” As a current public official, Chancellor Wilson sought and received a discretionary transfer for his child and, thus, violated this policy. In so doing, he breached the public trust and must resign. I do not arrive at this decision lightly. In fact, I have spent the time since learning about this on Friday talking with many Ward 5 parents and students. Their emotions ranged from shock and disappointment to anger and frustration. Most residents expressed that they…
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Committee on Business and Economic Development Performance and FY19 Budget Oversight Hearings

Committee on Business and Economic Development Performance and FY19 Budget Oversight Hearings

Hearing
The Committee on Business and Economic Development will hold the following performance oversight and budget oversight hearings.   Date, Time, Room # Agencies on the Agenda Meeting Type Date: Feb 13 Room: 500 Time: 1:00 PM Department of Small and Local Business Development Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking Department of For-Hire Vehicles For-Hire Vehicle Advisory Council Performance Oversight Hearing Date: Feb 27 Room: 120 Time: 11:00 AM Public Service Commission Office of the People’s Counsel Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration Performance Oversight Hearing Date: March 5 Room: 123 Time: 10:00 AM Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Performance Oversight Hearing Date: April 11 Room: 412 Time: 10:00 AM Department of Small and Local Business Development Department of Insurance,…
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Councilmember McDuffie Statement on DCPS Report on Attendance and Graduation

Councilmember McDuffie Statement on DCPS Report on Attendance and Graduation

Statement
  Washington, D.C. -- Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (Ward 5) issued the following statement regarding the D.C. Public School (DCPS) attendance and graduation report:   “I am deeply upset by the findings of the DCPS attendance report, and in particular the revelation of wide-spread attendance fraud at Dunbar High School in Ward 5. I learned about this yesterday from Chancellor Wilson, just hours before the Mayor’s press conference, which I also attended. While some details are still emerging, it is clear that the adults who are responsible for the alleged attendance fraud failed our students, their parents, and our entire education community. At the same time, the report suggests this situation is not just a few bad apples, but a systemic failure at DCPS. I am also disappointed to learn…
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