Fair Budget Coalition Gets Mayor Gray’s Attention

EJC staff and several other members of DC’s Fair Budget Coalition showed up at Mayor Gray’s press conference today and grabbed the Mayor’s attention for an impromptu discussion of the needs of DC’s lower income residents. We pushed him to invest in programs and policies that help people afford to live in their community, protect our most vulnerable residents, and tackle unemployment through smart investments in training and education.

We’d like EJC’s supporters to add their voices to those calling for a Fair Budget.

Mayor Gray is in the process of setting his priorities for this year’s budget and he needs to hear from us! He has the opportunity to restore critical funding to safety net services that have suffered deep budget cuts during the recession. Find out more about the programs that have been badly cut here and vote for our priorities to be discussed at the Mayor’s “One City Summit” this Saturday here.

Please email or call the Mayor (eom@dc.gov or 202-727-6263) to let him know you support a fair budget that Makes “One City” Possible.

Sample Email:

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Dear Mayor Gray,

I am writing because I want you to Make One City Possible by investing in programs and policies that create opportunities to live and work in the District. The gap between the rich and the poor in DC is growing, and safety net programs have been cut drastically when people need them the most.  I urge you to invest in programs and policies that help people afford to live in their community, protect our most vulnerable residents, and tackle unemployment through smart investments in training and education.  I support the recommendations of the Fair Budget Coalition, which can be found at www.Makeonecitypossible.com.

Some of those recommendations include:

-Restore $1.2 million to adult basic education and literacy programs, which will allow 400 more residents to get the skills needed for further education, training, and employment.

-Invest $2.25 million to provide support and housing to help 150 homeless families on TANF move to work.  Housing subsidies and intensive support services will give families a stable foundation to participate in training and to move toward employment and independence.

-Restore $4 million to Interim Disability Assistance so that 1,200 District residents who cannot work due to a disability have a modest income to make ends meet and access services that promote recovery and less costly emergency care.

-Enforce workplace protections laws, like the minimum and living wage laws, the Accrued Paid Sick and Safe Leave Act, and the Wage Payment Act, and strengthen penalties against employers who violate their workers’ rights and try to steal their wages.

Please let me know where you stand on these recommendations.

[Your name and address]

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