On May 29, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor was quoted in a DCist article on tax abatements for small D.C. businesses:
“Both Sankofa and Players Lounge “mean something for the customers,” says Yesim Sayin Taylor, the executive director of the D.C. Policy Center. “I think that’s one of the reasons councilmembers are convinced to advance legislation.”
But Taylor says such tax abatements would not be meaningful for the broader business community.
“In fact, they’re a bad signal,” she says, arguing that the policy tells small business owners that they need to have the right contacts and know their way around the D.C. bureaucracy if they want help.”