Chamber Members, we need your help!!!
On behalf of the D.C. Policy Center, we are excited to share with you that the Rivlin Initiative’s Business Sentiments Survey is now open. The survey is designed to gather and disseminate systematic, comprehensive information on the regional business community’s experiences to elected officials, the media, and the public. Using the survey results, the Rivlin Initiative will offer actionable insights to steer policies in productive directions.
How to participate:
Chamber members can access and fill out the survey by clicking on this LINK. The survey should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete, and will remain open until 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday, February 6, 2024.
You can also view this website for additional information.
We also encourage you to distribute the survey to other business representatives. Contacts should have industry-specific knowledge and also be engaged in high-level business decision-making. Contacts from any for-profit or nonprofit businesses— whether currently or previously located in the D.C. region — are welcome to participate.
Here are two ways you can share:
DC Council Updates
Omnibus public safety legislative package introduced by DC Councilmember Brooke Pinto
Councilmember Brooke Pinto, Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, has introduced the “Secure DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2024”. The legislation is the combined product of Pinto’s Secure DC Plan, proposals from fellow Councilmembers, and components of Mayor Bowser’s Safer Stronger 2.0 and ACT Now bills. In total, the package contains more than 100 initiatives aimed at comprehensively addressing public safety issues.
Led by our sister advocacy organization, Opportunity DC, the DC Chamber and many other business community stakeholders, submitted a join letter to DC Council, urging prompt passage of the measure. The Bill is scheduled for its first of two Council votes on February 6, 2024.Councilmember Pinto hopes to have her legislation approved in February and funded in the upcoming Fiscal Year 2025 budget.
Mayor Bowser assembles task force on Capital One Arena and Gallery Place
On January 8th, the Mayor launched a new task force charged with developing a vision and recommendations for potential future uses of Capital One Arena and the broader Gallery Place neighborhood. The task force, chaired by Jodie McLean and Deborah Ratner Salzberg, will seek to create both an immediate and a long-term growth plan for this key DC neighborhood, with four priority areas of focus: Visioning, Activation, Investment and Incentives, and Community Engagement and Marketing. Input from business stakeholders can be shared with the task force here: https://bedowntown.dc.gov/
Chamber Advocacy Updates
DC Chamber Technology Subcommittee
On Thursday, January 24, 2024, the subcommittee met virtually to discuss how it can best benefit the DC Chamber and the business community generally. Led by Subcommittee Chair Yohannes Tefesse, the group discussed the idea of hosting an upcoming Chamber Technology Forum. This initiative will be further pursued at our next meeting scheduled for February 15, 2024 at 4:30 PM. If you are interested in joining the Technology Subcommittee, please contact Brett Allen ([email protected]) or Kevin Wrege ([email protected]).
The Chamber has formed a working group to build on the success of our first-ever Council Scorecard. The group is considering updates and enhancements to the current Scorecard. Please notify Brett Allen ([email protected]) or Kevin Wrege ([email protected]) if you are interested in participating. To download and view the full scorecard, please visit: https://dcchamber.org/2022-scorecard.
Tax Revision Commission
With the help of an expert working group, the Chamber has been providing the DC Tax Revision Commission (TRC) both our written input and oral testimony on dozens of tax reform proposals the TRC is actively considering.
The TRC recently released its Draft Chairman’s Mark and held its first public review session to summarize the Mark and gain initial Commissioner reactions to it. Our Working Group has intensified its efforts now that the TRC has released its initial set of draft tax proposals. The Commission has yet to reach consensus on the recommendations, or even on the threshold question on whether or not the proposals should net out as revenue neutral, and has scheduled at least two additional public meetings to discuss, debate and, likely, amend them. The Chamber is focused at this early juncture on the Business Activity Tax ($275 M annually) and the data excise tax ($7 M annually). We have been advised there will be ample opportunity for public comment in the coming weeks, and we expect to be fully engaged on that front. The Chairman’s Mark and a schedule of upcoming meetings can be found on the TRC’s website.
The Commission’s next meeting is scheduled for February 7, 2024 at 4:00 PM. Also, attached is a recently published piece by one of our working group member, Joseph Bishop-Henchman, that offers a fine summary of the major Chairman’s Mark proposals. Note that the package’s foundational tax increase comes in the form of the newly proposed “Business Activity Tax,” (or BAT) the revenues from which the Commission is proposing as an offset to pay for several tax cuts, as outlined in Joe’s article. We have recently learned that the TRC may be dropping the BAT from its list of tax proposals, which would have a materials impact on other proposals included in the Chairman’s Mark. There are also ongoing concerns about the scope and legality of the TRC’s data excise tax proposal.
Council Agency Performance Oversight Hearings
The DC Council’s agency performance oversight efforts are now in full swing. Click HERE for the full schedule and learn how to watch or participate in these hearings. Here are a few pertinent, upcoming oversight hearings:
- WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2024- COMMITTEE ON BUSINESS & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Chairperson Kenyan McDuffie- 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Alcoholic Beverage and Cannabis Administration
Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking
- FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2024- COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION & THE ENVIRONMENT Chairperson Charles Allen- 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
District Department of Transportation
Bicycle Advisory Council
Multi-modal Advisory Council
Pedestrian Advisory Council
- WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2024-COMMITTEE ON BUSINESS & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Chairperson Kenyan McDuffie- 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Office of the Chief Financial Officer
Office of Lottery and Gaming
Department of Small and Local Business Development
Real Property Tax Appeals Commission
- WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2024- COMMITTEE ON HEALTH
Chairperson Christina Henderson- 9:30 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
D.C. Health Benefit Exchange
- THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2024- COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS & OPERATIONS
Chairperson Brianne Nadeau- 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Office of Contracting and Procurement
Contract Appeals Board
- WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2024- COMMITTEE ON BUSINESS & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Chairperson Kenyan McDuffie – 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development
- WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2024- COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY & PUBLIC SAFETY Chairperson Brooke Pinto – 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Office of the Attorney General
- A Virtual Small Business Town Hall: Medicaid Unwinding — What it Means for Your Business and Employees, Monday, February 12, 2024 at 4:00 p.m. Register Here!
- Employee Assistance Program Seminar: Let’s dive into the world of unemployment insurance! As an employer, it’s crucial to know the ins and outs of this program to meet requirements and safeguard your rights.
Virtual, February 13, 2024, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Register Here!
- Go for the Money: Build Green – A panel discussion
Thursday, February 15, 2024 @ DC Chamber of Commerce Headquarters, 1133 21st Street, NW, Suite M200, Washington DC 20036
Networking Continental Breakfast: 9:30 am – 10 am
Panel Discussion: 10 am – 11 am
Closing & Networking: 11 am – 11:30 am
- ChamberWorks: New Member Orientation – February 28, 2024 from 10am – 11:30am. Learn more about the DC Chamber of Commerce and member benefits at this free, virtual orientation. Register Here!