Accomplishments

Increased minimum wage

Coordinated first increase in 2014 with Montgomery & Prince Georges Counties; supported additional increase (to $15) in 2016.

Universal Paid Leave

Authored the current law and got it passed over opposition from the Mayor and business community. Also wrote the District's first Paid Safe & Sick and Wage Theft laws.

Tax Reform

Pushed through budgets that cut income taxes for the majority of residents; doubled the Earned Income Tax Credit for low income workers; reduced property taxes for low income homeowners. DC is now the only jurisdiction in the country where the lowest 20% of residents pay less than the top 1%.

Affordable housing

Reduced property taxes for low income homeowners; protected and strengthened rent control; funded the Housing Production Trust Fund and First Time Homebuyers Assistance.

Education

Outspoken critic of recent Ballou controversy; leader in the fight to increase attendance and reduce truancy; overseen revitalization of UDC.

Gun Control

Rewrote the District's gun laws after the Heller decision; his revisions have protected our law despite repeated assaults from the NRA.

Effective on important issues

Marriage equality; expanding homeless shelter services; smokefree DC; DC Budget Autonomy; Height Act protection; renewable energy; creation of the District's crime lab.

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