On April 25, 2019, Deputy Director of Policy Kathryn Zickuhr’s report on racial inequities in fines and fees in D.C. was cited by Curbed DC:
A pending bill authored by Ward 5 D.C. Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie would require the District government to explicitly consider racial equity when evaluating “programs, policies, and practices,” starting as early as next year. This kind of consideration would be formalized through a new tool to be designed by D.C.’s Office of Budget and Planning, and, according to McDuffie, it would help boost outcomes for the city’s historically marginalized communities.
The discussion on the bill comes as lawmakers mull Mayor Muriel Bowser’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2020, which begins October 1. They are anticipated to vote on it next month and could make changes. Two reports published separately this week by local think tanks—the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute and the D.C. Policy Center—analyzed racial equity in the city and discussed how government policies have perpetuated disparities among various groups.