The DC Council’s Special Committee on Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic is set to vote Wednesday on a series of recommendations aimed at reducing economic inequality, helping small businesses and improving educational outcomes.
The DC Council’s Special Committee on Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic voted Wednesday to approve a set of recommendations aimed at reducing economic inequality, helping small businesses and improving educational outcomes.
The recommendations were developed over a year by the committee co-chaired by Board members Charles Allen and Vincent Gray.
The final report – which includes the proposals – will now serve as the board’s framework as it tackles legislation to help the district emerge from the pandemic.
Under the proposals, the city’s low-wage workers would continue to receive a basic monthly income from DC — about $250 a month — and the program would be expanded to include, for the first time, undocumented workers.
To energize local small businesses, especially Black and Brown-owned businesses, the panel recommends low-interest loans, technical support and rental guarantees.
The pandemic stimulus package also recommends giving each DC resident $100 a month to use on the subway, the idea is that transit subsidies would improve both bus and rail.
It is also recommended that a transferable grant be created for after and out of school care for low income families. The plan also aims to ensure high-speed Internet access for every household in the District.
Health care recommendations include expanding access to school Medicaid services and hiring more rental inspectors to check for mold and other contaminants.
It could take some time for the council to decide which proposals should become law. According to Allen’s office, while some of the recommendations are part of the legislation that has been proposed to the DC Council, others have yet to make their way into bills.
Mike Murillo of WTOP contributed to this report.
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