The DC Council appears to be moving ahead with the 16 weeks paid leave legislation faster than many expected. ASAE is working with key leaders from associations and nonprofits, as well as the business and education communities along with others as part of a coalition on this issue. We expect to have a joint sign-on letter next week that includes members of the aforementioned groups that will be addressed to Chairman Mendelson urging caution and careful analysis about the ramifications of the legislation, but due to the pace of movement we wanted to bring this issue to your attention now.

Yesterday the DC Council held a hearing where the District’s chief financial officer, Jeff DeWitt, testified that all business taxes collected annually in the city may not be enough to fund the proposal. The Washington Board of Trade found that the funding gap could exceed $700 million. As noted in this Washington Post piece, the think tank the Urban Institute testified the price of the program could exceed $1.3 billion a year, which is five times the estimated cost. ASAE’s December 2015 testimony highlighting major concerns with the bill can be found here.
Please be on the alert for this letter. Also, ASAE will testify at the DC Council hearing on this issue on February 11. Read more on the Power of A website or contact the ASAE’s Public Policy Department at publicpolicy@asaecenter.org.

Public Policy Report 1-20-16