In a recent poll for the last Mayoral race, 91% of the residents in the 2nd District think that reckless driving, car jackings/break-ins are a serious problem. As a parent, I hold these same sentiments because I believe my children, and everyone else’s children should be safe in their neighborhoods. We need a collaboration between law enforcement, community members and local business leaders to take back our streets and hold bad actors accountable for their actions.
We need to strengthen and create more block watch groups throughout the district. But we also need to invest resources to address the root causes of crime such as poverty and homelessness. This will require support from the State of Wisconsin, and my relationships with several elected officials in Madison politics does position me to have effective future collaborations and provide results for our district.
Growing up attending Milwaukee Public Schools, programs such as the fine arts and music left a significant impact on my life. Many of those programs are missing at this vital time for our youth. As Alderman, I will partner with various educational stakeholders, community groups and the MPS Administration to bring back programs geared towards positive enhancement of our youth.
My life experiences and my work in the financial sector revealed to me the importance of financial literacy. Through financial literacy I meet people from all walks of life, and it is apparent that certain financial hardships in life can be avoided with education and preparation. It must start with our youth. Our youth deserve to be more prepared, and as Alderman I will provide resources and be a personal resource to them, so they are equipped to become future leaders of Milwaukee. I will create a City-Sponsored Youth Financial Literacy Council.
Milwaukee as of 2021 had one of the highest property tax rates in the United States. Property evaluations recently came out with record jumps in the assessment values. We should not burden homeowners who have lived in their homes for long periods of time with property taxes that price them out of their homes. To ensure that this won’t happen, we need to establish true tax fairness for not only the constituents of the 2nd District, but for all city of Milwaukee taxpayers. Homeowners should not hesitate to question excessively high home assessments.
We also know that small businesses are the anchors in neighborhoods for economic development. Therefore, as Alderman I will support small businesses by promoting existing grants obtaining more economic funding, finding innovating measures to diversify the workforce, and seek other avenues to help local businesses grow and thrive.