It is budget season and my main goal is to ensure the disbursement of budget funding be done in a way that prioritizes residents and communities that need it the most.
The Mayor released the proposed budget and financial plan ([link removed]) and submitted it to the Council. I am thrilled to see a $60 million investment in a regionally competitive sports and recreation complex to provide recreation for people across the District. Recreation was a tool that helped me to connect with mentors and kept me off the streets. I equate it to saving my life and I believe more is needed in our city.
I applaud the $3.8 million in out-of-school core recreation programming and the $5 million for out-of-school time grant opportunities. However, we need to dig deeper and provide funding to more grassroots organizations that are doing the work. Additionally, I would also like to see more significant investments in violence prevention, as we see spikes in crime throughout the city.
As the Chairperson for the Committee on Recreation, Libraries and Youth Affairs, I have several agencies under my purview. As part of the budget process, I will conduct public hearings to review requests from these agencies and prepare a budget report of the recommendations to be marked up and approved by the full committee.
The following Budget Oversight Hearings for the month are March are scheduled below and can be viewed by the public on my Facebook page:
* Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment, March 23, 2022 | 12:00 PM ([link removed])
* Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, March 28, 2022 | 12:00 PM ([link removed])
* Department of Parks and Recreation, March 31, 2022 | 12:00 PM ([link removed])
Budget season is a critical time to get it right for our city's residents. The budget is how we show our residents – not just tell them – that we are listening and will provide them with the resources they so much deserve.
Highlights of Budget Oversight Hearing | Committee of the Whole
Councilmember Trayon White, Sr. responds to Mayor Bower's FY23 Budget recommendations and asks questions about Barry Farm redevelopment project, Ferebee Hope Recreation Center, plans for affordable housing and more.
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FY2023 Proposed Budget & Financial Plan
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Councilmember Trayon White's Joint Statement Regarding the Investigation of An Alleged Sexual Assault at Ballou Senior High School
Zoom Meeting: March 30, 2022 at 6:00pm
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Councilmember Trayon White is holding a Public Roundtable on "Ferebee Hope Recreation Center Community Concerns & Design." We want to hear from you.
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Following the arrest of a DYRS staff person charged with having inappropriate sexual acts against a minor in custody, I am holding a public roundtable to determine the safety of youth in custody.
To voice your concerns please register at [link removed] ([link removed])
Councilmember White talks budget priorities with DC PAVE.
On Saturday, March 19th, Councilmember White joined parent adovcated from DC PAVE at its annual budget forum. He had a great time discussing parent priorities. Parent advocacy is a major component to ensuring students in DC get the resources they deserve.
Councilmember White congratulates Ballou High School Basketball Team on their state championship win!
We would like to congratulate Frank W. Ballou Senior High School for winning the 2021-22 District of Columbia State Athletic Association (DCSAA) Class A high school basketball championship on Sunday, March 6, 2022.
In a heated battle against our neighbors in Ward 7, Ballou defeated Bard High School Early College DC, 55-54, at George Washington University’s Charles E. Smith Center. Sophomore Lorenzo Martin led the Knights with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
This DCSAA Class A title caps off a season where the Knights had a 17-8 win-loss record. Throughout the season, Ballou showcased the true essence of teamwork as four players (Teriq Johnson, Lorenzo Martin, Demitrius Watkins, and Alfonzo Waynes) each averaged over 10 points per game.
We applaud Ballou for their success on the basketball court with this championship. As a ward and a staff (and personally, as a proud Ballou alumnus), we are extremely proud of these young men, their basketball coaches, and the school’s administration.
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