Are they really gonna print this stuff in their day-of program?
These are the follow-up questions to their first set. Seems like they have a lot of subcommittees filled with impassioned people who like to ask leading questions, which I ain't mad at, but god bless it takes a paragraph of explanation to get to the question! Because the questions read very left-liberal leaning, I'm very excited to see the responses from the more conservative leaning candidates (not to mention the fake progressives who have been bilking this town!). Do they lie, do they deflect, does the system work for them?
NOAH Task Force Questions
Affordable Housing: Nashville has an affordable housing crisis, a study commissioned by the Mayor's Office says that 31,000 units of affordable rental units will be needed by 2025. Will you commit to developing and implementing a strategic affordable housing plan with specific and measurable goals, a timeline, and (dedicated) funding?
Yes. “Rent control” is banned at the state level by statute. It’s literally in the TCA, since ‘96. But that doesnt mean at the local level we can’t find innovative ways to include affordable units, say through subsidies for more density for developers, incentives for more inclusionary growth, the voluntary acceptance by developers of Community Benefit Agreements, or through creative use of city-owned land (being the one exception to “rent control” prohibition). It’s a well-known fact that the state government acts condescendingly paternalistic toward municipal governments willing to try new mechanisms to solve problems. In this case, they have taken away the stick, but we still have the carrot. This town is booming and developers want a piece of the action and are quite willing to do whatever it takes to make that profit. Make them earn it. Quantifiable metrics and rubrics should be a part of any promise a politician makes- hold the crooks accountable!. The timeline is gonna be difficult, let’s not kid ourselves, because we are way behind the 8-ball. This city’s leaders have sold this town out in hopes of pursuing their own shortsighted political career trajectories, so we have a lot of catching up to do. For starters, we should probably end paying people to move here, since we are broke. Use that money saved for schools (see below) and instead ask large corporations that are obviously a part of the problem of rent increases to contribute to a fund that would implement the affordable housing initiative. if you're part of the problem, it only seems fair to be part of the solution.
Criminal Justice: Do you believe there is a problem with Metro police policing their own conduct and with distrust between the police and community? NOAH has endorsed Community Oversight Now’s proposal for a referendum on a Community Oversight Board. Do you support this proposal? What other solutions do you suggest?
I always find it difficult to swallow when someone asks to govern themselves. We rolled back rules on large financial firms and let the financial system govern themselves and then we got 2008. We let the construction industry be more or less self-governing (by rolling back oversight) and we got an explosion of worker exploitation. We let lawyers govern themselves and the Board fo professional Responsility only pursues egregious cases, opting to slap wrist more than slap fines.
Accountability is a fundamental process of citizen-driven governance. To ask that no one else hold you accountable looks shady as hell because it actually is. It behooves everyone involved to have third-party verification and oversight. The cops can utilize that mechanism to demonstrate they play fairly, just as any citizen can use it to make sure the system works. If you believe the system should apply the rules fairly to all parties, then by definition and by simple logical conclusion it only follows that a Community Oversight Board is a part of an open, transparent governance policy.
Economic Equity: Economic Equity starts with a good education, which leads to better paying jobs & greater opportunities for personal and financial growth. Nashville schools are far short of what they need to operate, and many of the people who work within MNPS need second jobs to get by. Developers and investors are making huge profits in Nashville, but our schools still can't get the funding they need to operate on a yearly basis. What is your plan to get our schools the funding they need?
Where’s the money, man? That’s literally what every person in this town should be asking. But then I realized that there a quite a few people at the top that know! Mayor Briley proposed a new budget in March, saying it was gonna be a status quo neutral budget. Then, all of a sudden, were millions short? What the hell happened? You wanna talk about a fleecing- look further than downtown. Enough with the trite explanations about how budgets are made, and how it’s such a complicated process, because they have experts involved. If they’re such experts how do you lose 38 MILLION DOLLARS? Suddenly, they just don’t have it? Whoops? It’s a damn spectacle not afforded to anyone but those at the top that were literally handing out such large sums of money that we went from windfall to shortfall in just a few years.
Funding schools seems like a simple task- don’t pay people to move here and hike up living expenses and instead use the misallocated funds earmarked for corporate relocations for schools. On top of that, Unwind the property tax write-downs that they used as bribes and give our schools the money that is rightfully theirs. It’s easy to cut checks with other people’s money.