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Today, my colleagues approved an amendment I put forward to the Summer Youth Employment Program.  This is one of our largest employment programs, and it employs thousands of teenagers every summer.  My amendment requires the Department of Employment Services (DOES) to produce, and publish, basic information on program participants, most importantly on their employment following the end of the program.  Additionally, it encourages DOES to work with the Council to create a more rigorous evaluation of the summer youth program for next year. These changes are important transparency and accountability measures.  We need to understand how the program's working, and if...

It's been a week or two (maybe even three, ack!) since my last update, so I wanted to focus on three major areas for you devoted readers: my office's efforts making our current housing policy work better so our neighborhoods remain economically diverse and inclusive; making next year's budget a roadmap for increased housing and economic opportunity for all residents; and explaining a difficult decision for me on a contract that has been in the news. And let me just say that as we all get more and more incensed about the Republican efforts in Congress to spend their time supposedly serving their constituents by...

On several occasions--including yesterday when I absentmindedly barreled into her leadership team coming off the elevator--Mayor Muriel Bowser has said that we are the "new kids on the block." Yet the Mayor certainly proved herself to be a poised and forceful advocate for the District when faced with Congressional meddling into the implementation of Initiative 71 last week. I applaud and stand with the mayor on this; I believe the will of District voters should be upheld. If you have questions about the implementation of Initiative 71, here is information. I also want to thank the mayor for taking action on another issue: trash. The Bowser administration made a 72-hour...

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    Summer Jobs Program Amendment

    Today, my colleagues approved an amendment I put forward to the Summer Youth Employment Program.  This is one of our largest employment programs, and it employs thousands of teenagers every summer.  My amendment requires the Department of Employment Services (DOES) to produce, and publish, basic information on program participants, most importantly on their employment following the end of the program.  Additionally, it encourages DOES to work with the Council to create a more rigorous evaluation of the summer youth program for next year.

    These changes are important transparency and accountability measures.  We need to understand how the program's working, and if it leads to meaningful employment outcomes.  This data will help us make better decisions about the program in future years.  You can read the amendment here.

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    It's been a week or two (maybe even three, ack!) since my last update, so I wanted to focus on three major areas for you devoted readers: my office's efforts making our current housing policy work better so our neighborhoods remain economically diverse and inclusive; making next year's budget a roadmap for increased housing and economic opportunity for all residents; and explaining a difficult decision for me on a contract that has been in the news.

    And let me just say that as we all get more and more incensed about the Republican efforts in Congress to spend their time supposedly serving their constituents by limiting our expressed desire to expand human rights, equality, and justice in our own community, it just  makes me push even stronger and harder for these goals.

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