Oct 4, 2021
In recent years disinformation has become the currency of political forces seeking power over truth. But as we know, facts matter. They reveal a true picture of the state of our nation, from which communities are prospering to those that are struggling, a legacy of discriminatory public policy making. They are foundational to breaking down barriers and creating access to healthcare, education, transportation and housing for low-income, people of color and immigrants, whose exclusion has been intentional and generational. At the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, 15 super-smart professionals dig into bills proposed by Virginia’s State Assembly, analyzing their implications for diverse communities. As CEO Ashley Kenneth explains, TCI Fiscal then partners with a talented eco-system of advocacy and service organizations to generate solutions informed by affected community members. Their formula, combining facts and analysis with civic engagement and advocacy is remarkably effective. TCI Fiscal is ahead of the federal policymaking curve in many areas, from curbing down payment requirements for fees and fines in the Court system, to increasing the minimum wage. This is how transformational change is made. And Ashley and TCI Fiscal are just getting started.