Brooke's Briefing: DC Council Approves the Fiscal Year 2025 Budget

Posted by
V. Casarrubias
June 13, 2024

Dear Neighbor,

Yesterday, the DC Council passed our Fiscal Year 2025 Budget! I am very proud of the many investments we made that put the future of the District in a stronger and more stable direction through initiatives that will:

I want to thank the thousands of residents, businesses, stakeholders, and partners who have made their voices heard, advocated for change, and fought alongside us to protect and fight for critical investments that will strengthen our communities.

FY25 Budget Investments

This budget took weeks of collaboration and hard work, and I'm pleased we were able to approve a budget that invests in the needs of neighbors in all 8 wards.

I have been working extremely closely with the Chairman, all of my colleagues, and members of the community to make our priorities clear and ensure important investments were included that will support our government agencies, nonprofits, and partners to appropriately meet resident needs and ensure our communities can thrive.

Here are some of the investments I fought hard for and that I am thrilled to share are included in the budget:

I specifically want to highlight a few critical wins I helped to secure for Ward 2 schools.

Thank you to the students, parents, teachers, and community members who consistently reached out to my colleagues and me on behalf of our students.

Sustainable and Responsible Budget over the Long Term

As I mentioned in my last newsletter, while I am disappointed that three new taxes were included in this year’s budget, I want to highlight that, through close work with the Chairman, the taxes that were included are much less aggressive than alternative proposals that had been contemplated.

Here is how they work:

I also want to explain the removal of the out-of-state municipal bonds tax exemption. Currently, District residents who hold District or other state and municipal bonds can exclude interest gained from those bonds from their gross income on their DC tax return. The new budget removes this exclusion for bonds from other states and jurisdictions. While this policy change brings the District’s tax policy in line with all other states but one (Utah), I am very concerned about the fairness of this proposal and particularly the impact that this may have on low- and middle-income residents and seniors. I am continuing to work with my Council colleagues over the next two weeks to try to mitigate the impacts of this proposal.

Next Steps for the Budget

While I am very proud of the investments we were able to make, I know that many of our residents are hurting right now, and many of the programs and resources that serve as an essential safety net still need to be bolstered from where we are today.

The work continues to ensure the District can better support housing needs, respond to high rates of truancy for our kids, and improve safety in and for our schools.

The Council will likely hold its final vote on the Budget Support Act (BSA) on June 25th. The BSA is the corresponding legislation that explains how the monetary investments we finalized should be used.

Lastly, I want to invite you to join me and my team for my next office hours on Wednesday, June 26th at The Little Gay Pub from 5-6:30pm. I would love to see you and hear about your priorities for the neighborhood and District.

Yours in Service,


In the last few weeks, Councilmember Pinto and Team Pinto have been out and about in Ward 2 and across the city, including to:


On June 17th, the Judiciary Committee will hold a public roundtable and a public hearing. The public roundtable will begin at 10:30am regarding the nomination of William “Clint” Osborn as the Director of the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency. He currently serves as the Interim Director. The public hearing will begin at 11:30am or following the close of the roundtable, and the Committee will hear from witnesses about seven bills related to several civil law issues, including on the rules governing trusts, probate administration, and a proposal to create civil protections for people who receive nonconsenual lewd images.

Both the hearing and the roundtable will be hybrid, and you may watch the hearings in-person at the Wilson Building and virtually on YouTube. You can find information on all upcoming hearings at the Council and sign up to testify here.

Witnesses who anticipate needing language interpretation, including sign language interpretation, are asked to inform the Committee of the need as soon as possible but no later than five business days before a hearing during registration or by contacting Ms. Aukima Benjamin, Committee Manager to the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, at (202) 724-8058 or via e-mail at  

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