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To achieve those goals, I’ll fix four things:
1) Today, City Hall churns out red tape that trips up people wanting to hire residents or build housing. As mayor, I’ll streamline that regulation to unleash job growth and affordable housing.
2) Today, we pay for City Hall and Hennepin County to each maintain its own systems for information technology, human resources, accounting and emergency 911 service. As mayor, I’ll end that duplication and cut wasteful spending (like the proposed $53-million-per-mile streetcar line) to keep a lid on property taxes.
3) Today, residents dodge potholes, and our understaffed Police Department solves only 30 percent of property crimes. As mayor, I’ll draw on my service-company experience to improve police, fire and road-paving services. I’ll hold the Police Department accountable to ensure that bad apples no longer harm residents.
4) Today, our schools provide ladders of opportunity for only some students. My own public-school education has enabled me to thrive, so as mayor, I’ll seek school board appointments to push through reform policies, including the end of “last in, first out,” a policy that prioritizes the interests of mediocre adults over exceptional children.
If you think our city is already at its best, many of my fellow candidates would do fine. But if you want fresh eyes to tackle our challenges, I ask for your first-choice vote.
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