The nation's capital is unique among American cities. Like San Francisco, Chicago or New York, it's home to its residents, an anchor for the surrounding region and a destination for people around the world. But unlike anywhere else, Washington, DC, is deprived of the revenue and political authority to function as other great cities do. It has no state government to rely on and no voting representation in the Congress.
As a world capital, regional hub and national symbol, Washington suffers from the largest structural budget imbalance of all U.S. cities, roughly $1 billion a year, and an outdated, poorly maintained infrastructure serving millions of residents, visitors and commuters daily. This is not a burden the city can bear alone. Washington, DC needs its annual federal payment for infrastructure needs restored. We are all responsible for our nation's capital.
Our Nation’s Capital (ONC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit citizens group advocating fiscal fairness for the District of Columbia. We raise awareness about the District’s assets, including its unique relationship with the U.S. Congress, and challenges, such as fiscal imbalance.
Save the Date For ONC's Forum April 17!
Our Nation's Capital & The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments are sponsoring a forum on a national infrastructure bank -- and you are encouraged to attend!
The Forum is slated to take place Tuesday, April 17, 2012, from 10 am-2:30 pm at George Mason University's Arlington Campus.
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.)
Mort Downey, Metro Board of Directors
Jonathan Gifford, Professor and Associate Director of Research, GMU
Dave Robertson, Executive Director, MWCOG
Sessions will focus on the potential Congressional passage of national infrastructure bank legislation, as well as the establishment of a regional infrastructure bank that would serve D.C., Maryland and Virginia.