THE BARRAS REPORT

September 10, 2018

Unless there is some major catastrophe, which some people might see as a miracle, Mayor Muriel Bowser is sure to be re-elected in the November general election. Undoubtedly, she’d like enough votes to declare a voter mandate — something her mentor and predecessor, Adri...

August 11, 2018

Children in DC’s traditional and charter public schools are suffering greatly. Many have thought about dying and have developed plans to realize their thoughts — more than a few actually have attempted suicide. Meanwhile, a significant number of them are scared as hell...

July 31, 2018

A significant part of the DC population may have hightailed it to the beach, but many local political candidates have resigned themselves to the summer heat as they work to score a place on the ballot for the November general election. At least nine individuals have th...

July 17, 2018

Break out the champagne.

With the recent introduction of a bill to repeal Initiative 77 — coming from DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, Chairman Pro Tempore Kenyan McDuffie and members Jack Evans, Vincent Gray, Anita Bonds, Brandon Todd and Trayon White — the band has...

July 4, 2018

She stood at the pay phone booth, near the corner of Missouri Avenue and Georgia  Avenue NW. She had been there for more than 20 minutes, negotiating with the telephone company over restoration of services. That morning when she left her apartment, the phone had been w...

June 28, 2018

“It’s game time for Republicans in DC, and we’re going to suit-up and show-up to deliver the message that one party control of government is not healthy for the District. … Whether you live in Ward 8 or Ward 3, the Republican Party has a message for you — ‘Help is on t...

June 19, 2018

WHENEVER a District government agency has been found to be in chaos, unable to perform even its most basic duties, the solution devised by many elected officials, civic leaders and advocates has been to expand the bureaucracy. Case in point: When the Office of Property...

June 7, 2018

IN 2016, staff of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, including its founding director Ed Lazere, lobbied the District government--Mayor Muriel Bowser, several deputy mayors, agency directors, DC Council members and their staff--more than 100 times either in person, by tele...

May 17, 2018

THE loss of hundreds of jobs, the closing of dozens of businesses and possible price increases for restaurant food are all on the menu, if Initiative 77 is approved by District voters on June 19. The likelihood of passage of “the District of Columbia Minimum Wage Amend...

March 8, 2018

     ANYONE who has been around the John A. Wilson Building in downtown Washington, DC for the past decade has seen the face or heard the voice of Ed Lazere, executive director of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute. The organization is, according to government do...

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