About Criminal Justice Reform

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658,893 people call the District of Columbia home. Approximately 60,000 of those residents have at least one criminal conviction and have spent at least some time in prison. It is believed that 50-55% of that group is unemployed. The number is a little lower for women, and a little higher for men, but in that… Read more »Read more

The District’s Economy by Industry 2014

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State-level GDP figures for 2014 were released on June 10th. Click below to see how the District’s $105.02 billion economy is broken down by industry. Economic Growth DC is working with the District’s Office of Tax & Revenue to properly¬†define,¬†classify, and calculate the District’s “technology” sector, as well as the “creative economy.” The industries highlighted… Read more »Read more

About that $15 Minimum Wage Referendum

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The DC Board of Elections held a hearing this past Thursday to debate the appropriateness of a proposed ballot measure that would, if approved, increase the District’s minimum wage to $15 per hour. While there is no valid legal reason to keep the measure off the ballot, there are a plethora of policy and practical… Read more »Read more

WBJ Op-Ed: Reduce Jobs in DC? Easy!

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Our executive director, Dave Oberting, and Ed Levin, a labor lawyer with the law firm of Saul Ewing LLP, wrote an op-ed in today’s Washington Business Journal calling for a comprehensive reform of our labor markets. The District government has intervened in the labor market at least half a dozen times in the past two… Read more »Read more