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Muriel Bowser Ward 4



John A. Wilson Building

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004


Phone: (202) 727-2643
Email: muriel.bowser@dc.gov

Chief of Staff:
John Falcicchio

City Administrator:
Rashad Young

Director of the Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel:
Ronald R. Ross

Senior Advisor:
Beverly Perry
Director of Mayor's Office of Community Affairs:
Lamont Akins

Director of Mayor's Office of Community Relations and Services:
Julia Irving

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February 13, 2020 | Vol. 6, Issue 7

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians, 

It is budget engagement season in Washington, DC! This year, to help residents better understand the budget process, we put together a Budget Pocket Guide. We also created budget.dc.gov, where you can submit your budget priorities and ideas online. 

As Mayor, it is important to me that residents are able to share their budget priorities before I submit the budget to the DC Council. Then, we want you to stay involved through the entire process. You can start by joining us at a Budget Engagement Forum next week. I'll be there to share my priorities and hear directly from residents. 

  • Tuesday, February 18 at 6:30 p.m.: Budget Engagement Forum at the Edgewood Recreation Center (301 Franklin Street, NE)
  • Thursday, February 20 at 6:30 p.m.: Budget Engagement Forum at the UDC Student Center (4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW)
  • Saturday, February 22 at 11:00 a.m.: Budget Engagement Forum at Kenilworth Recreation Center (4321 Ord Street, NE)

Learn more about the forums and RSVP HERE

See you at a Budget Engagement Forum!


Muriel Bowser

In This Week's Newsletter:

DC Statehood Heads to the House Floor

Statehood Vote

On Tuesday, the House Oversight and Reform Committee passed the Washington, DC Admission Act, advancing it to the the House floor for a vote. After Tuesday's historic vote, Mayor Bowser released the following statement:

“Today marks another historic day in our fight to become the 51st state. I thank Chairwoman Maloney, Congresswoman Norton, and all of the majority committee members for making the passionate and effective case for DC statehood. And we thank Majority Leader Hoyer for ensuring the bill continues its congressional journey to the House floor.

“We emphasized today what supporters of statehood already knew coming in: DC statehood is constitutional, we have a plan in place to make it happen, and it is the only way to fix the injustice of denying more than 700,000 Washingtonians a vote in Congress.

“Furthermore, the relentless and forced attacks on our DC values serve as an important reminder that statehood is not only about representation in Congress, it is also about self-government, autonomy, and defending the very principles our nation’s democracy was founded on. By focusing their attacks on our values, opponents of statehood have proven once again that they have no other case to make – constitutional or otherwise.

“Finally, it is fitting that this historic vote happened in the midst of Black History Month, for I dare say – achieving DC statehood would be black history.”

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Reminder: Summer Youth Employment Program Applications Close Feb. 29


Over four decades, the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) has empowered nearly half a million young Washingtonians with valuable work experience. In 2015, Mayor Bowser expanded the program to include District residents ages 22-24. Last year, nearly 10,000 young Washingtonians participated in MBSYEP, working more than 1.3 million total hours. 

Applications to participate this summer are open until February 29, 2020. Learn more and apply HERE

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DCTAG Application Now Open


The DCTAG application is now open! Did you know that the DC Tuition Assistance Grant provides up to $10,000 in tuition assistance to eligible DC residents attending out-of-state public institutions of higher education? Additionally, eligible students attending private Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and select private local institutions are eligible for up to $2,500.

Apply today at dconeapp.dc.gov. Don’t miss this funding opportunity that is available only to residents of the District of Columbia! For more information, visit osse.dc.gov/dctag.

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A District Minute

district minute video

This week’s District Minute features stories about the Mayor's community conversation on housing equity, the senior budget telephone town hall, and DC statehood.

Pathways to the Middle Class: Department of Employment Services, Workforce Development Specialist (Youth Programs)

Pathways to the Middle Class

The Department of Employment Services (DOES) provides comprehensive employment services to ensure a competitive workforce, full employment, life-long learning, economic stability, and the highest quality of life for all District residents.

DOES has an opening for a Workforce Development Specialist. This position is located in the Office of Youth Programs and is responsible for developing new initiatives and improving existing ones. All details regarding this vacancy, including qualifications, can be found by visiting the job announcement.

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