ECONOMIC EQUALITY FOR ALL HUMANS
Atlanta has the largest economic gap of any major city in America - and that is unacceptable. It increases crime due to lack of resources, it runs up the cost of city services, it impacts our schools in negative ways, and it forces too many local systems to find ways to fill the budget gaps by raising taxes on our families.
As your next City Council Member, I fully support equal pay for women and a $15 per hour minimum wage for employees. But it’s not just income inequality we must address - it’s also the largest annual expense for most families: housing.
Affordable housing is a challenge facing most cities. But unlike many cities, it’s not too late for Atlanta. The issue of affordable housing isn’t simply a matter of the cost of a home, but the combined cost of housing and transportation. Urban sprawl doesn’t sustain viable public transportation, biking initiatives or walkable options. Affordable housing has implications far beyond the financial cost - it affects health, education and the well-being of our communities. If we do not invest in our working communities, we will cut our city’s progress off at the knees.
I’ll fight to find alternatives to new developments, ensure economic and cultural diversity, and partner with public and private community stakeholders to support our increasing populations while protecting the unique flavor of our most historic neighborhoods.
When we address income inequality in Atlanta, crime goes down, employment rates go up, property values go up, city budget gaps get filled and we do a better job of creating stronger Atlanta families and communities. That’s good for all of us.