Committee on Business and Economic Development Passes Budget Report Featuring Investments in District Small Businesses and Communities

Committee on Business and Economic Development Passes Budget Report Featuring Investments in District Small Businesses and Communities

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Committee on Business and Economic Development Passes Budget Report Featuring Investments in District Small Businesses and Communities Investments for the upcoming fiscal year include support for District businesses and commercial infrastructure with funds that support Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) capacity building, Main Street revitalization and expansion, financial stability, workforce investment, small business lending, and significant capital project financing. On Wednesday, May 1, 2019, the Committee on Business and Economic Development, led by Chair Kenyan R. McDuffie, passed its budget report for Fiscal Year 2020. The budget is the culmination of months of work including public hearings, meetings with advocates and stakeholders, and a budget engagement forum in Ward 5. With today’s vote in support of the budget report, Councilmember McDuffie said: “Developed through the lens of racial equity, the Committee’s…
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McDuffie Statement on Rhode Island Avenue Tax Increment Financing Act of 2018

McDuffie Statement on Rhode Island Avenue Tax Increment Financing Act of 2018

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie issued the following statement on the Rhode Island Avenue Tax Increment Financing Act of 2018, which is scheduled for a second and final on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. "I support the Rhode Island Avenue (RIA) Tax Increment Financing Act of 2018 [B22-0986] because it brings needed economic investment to Rhode Island Avenue NE and Ward 5, the project has a high percentage of affordable housing units, and it protects current residents from displacement. The RIA project includes about three times the number of affordable housing units when compared to other commensurate projects in D.C. (24% of units in this project are affordable, IZ requires 8-10%) and, importantly, many of these units are for extremely low-income renters making 0-30% of Area Median Income. Further, it prevents displacement of…
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Councilmember McDuffie’s Opening Statement at the Hearing on the Comprehensive Plan Framework Amendments

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Ward 5 Opening Statement Council of the District of Columbia Committee of the Whole Public Hearing Tuesday, March 20, 2018 https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FKenyanRMcDuffie%2Fvideos%2F1785702991491920%2F&show_text=0&width=560 "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…
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PRESS RELEASE: McDuffie’s “Expanding Access to Justice Act” Included and Funded in Current Budget Report

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Program would fund lawyers for low-income tenants in D.C. Landlord & Tenant Court Currently about 90% of landlords have representation while fewer than 10% of tenants do [1] Similar program in New York City reduced evictions by 24% [2] Puts the District of Columbia on the path to establishing a ‘Civil Gideon,’ the right to counsel in some civil cases Washington, D.C. - Today, the District of Columbia Council Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety passed their budget report which included a subtitle, “Expanding Access to Justice Act.” This legislation would create a grant program, managed by the DC Bar Foundation, to provide free legal counsel to low-income tenants at or below 200% of the federal poverty line facing eviction. Statement from Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie: "I am encouraged…
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PRESS RELEASE: McDuffie Introduces Bill to Increase Availability of Affordable 3-Bedroom and Larger Units

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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, introduced legislation to require the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development to produce a biennial report studying the District’s need for 3, 4, and 5-bedroom apartment units in the District of Columbia – and to increase the amount of family-size units built with funds from the Housing Production Trust Fund. Family Unit Amendment Act of 2017 This legislation would amend the Housing Production Trust Fund Act of 1988 to require a percentage of funds disbursed from the Housing Production Trust Fund to be used to assist in creating rental units with a minimum of 3 bedrooms. The bill requires that 10% of the units created…
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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie Unveils New Legislation to Regulate Short-Term Rental Housing Market to Ensure Housing Stock is Available for District Residents

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[caption id="attachment_1827" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Councilmember McDuffie, surrounded by affordable housing advocates, speaks at the introduction of the legislation.[/caption] For Immediate Release: Tuesday, January 31, 2016 Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chairman of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, announced the introduction of new legislation to establish a workable regulatory framework for short-term rental housing. This legislation, drawing upon successful models from across the country, provides new penalties and increased transparency and reporting requirements to ensure residential neighborhoods are retained for the full-time residents of D.C. Under current law, hosts are required to obtain a business license designed for more traditional hospitality enterprises. This legislation creates a new type of business license specifically designed for short-term rentals. Currently, many operators do not bother to obtain licenses.  This…
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