1. GROW OUR LOCAL ECONOMY – We must reverse the reckless course we are on of taxing employers across the city line. Businesses employee people. THAT MEANS FAMILY SUSTAINING JOBS. Business people make business decisions. There has come a time where no business will open within this city because of the hostile, layered taxes they are subject to.
2. END THE YEARLY INCREASES ON REAL ESTATE – We have reach a point where we should no longer subject real property owners to the annual hike in taxes. People will only take so much of this before they’ve had enough and move. I WILL NOT SUPPORT INCREASES IN TAXES, OR NEW TAXES.
3. REVIVE OUR FAILED PUBLIC SCHOOLS – In spite of the good efforts of teachers, our schools do not prepare the children of this city for a bright and successful future. Too many buildings are old and poorly maintained. We must give educators the tools they need to reverse the destruction of a once great school system.
4. POVERTY AND ITS RELATIONSHIP TO CRIME – Philadelphia it the poorest of America’s large cities. In a country whose population has almost tripled in the last 75 years, we have lost a full 25% our of tax paying citizens to the suburbs. Deep poverty has a direct relationship to crime, especially violent crime. We must put people to work and allow them to live happy and productive lives.
5. THE PARKING AUTHORITY – I would be remiss if I did not take aim at the reform of the out of control Parking Authority. Much has been said of a top to bottom audit of this agency, but little has been done. It’s past time that we figure out where the many millions of dollars are going, reform draconian enforcement practices, and keep Philadelphia violation dollars here in our city, rather than sending these badly needed dollars all over the rest of the state.
IN SHORT, WE HAVE TO START NOTICING THINGS AGAIN, TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF OUR CITY, AND STOP KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD. WE HAVE RUN OUT OF ROAD. IT’S TIME FOR A NEW COURSE.