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Housing & Transit

Where people live and how they get around are linked both to each other and to the general health of our city and state.  Housing and mobility are human rights and the state should be investing its resources to ensure these are met equitably for all!

Build more housing!

Why?

Home prices are simply a matter of supply and demand.  Prices are high because we have a growing population chasing a shrinking housing supply.

How?

When the private sector (banks and developers) don't think they'll make a profit on home construction, they stop funding and building them.  It's up to the government to fill this gap either through the direct construction of housing or providing financing to private developers to do so through programs such as the Low Income Housing Tax Credit or other financing tools.  The state should also support local initiatives to densify as they see the need. 

Develop Transit for All

Why?

No one should have to worry about their basic needs being met. This includes housing.   We must ensure that all families have access to high quality, affordable housing.  Too many in our communities are either homeless or living in aging, delipidated housing because of scrupulous landlords or lack of access to financial resources.  

How?

Develop walkable communities

Trails & BIke Infrastructure

Regional Transit Authority to establish high frequent transit to 

Expansion of Amtrak inter-city services to nearby sities

Creation of High Speed Rail Connections to Madison, Green Bay & Chicago

How?

Protect residents against displacement

- Provide resources

- promote land trusts

- Provide property tax protections

- Consider moving to a land-value tax

Support the creation of community owned land & housing (land trusts & cooperatives)

Why?

Wealth inequality is expanding, and it's evident in Milwaukee and the 11th Assembly District.   While much of Downtown and the area around the Bucks Arena is beginning to see increased investment, the rest of the district is left behind.  Big apartments go up, but long-term residents see little benefits and fear being pushed out.   The current method of economic development: wait for big corporations to bring in "jobs," has not worked.   We cannot continue to shower corporations with tax breaks and incentives and get no equity for our communities in return.  By creating community and worker-owned businesses and institutions, wages and profits from these businesses will stay in the community and can be used to fund the community's needs.   Because of their strong ties to the community and workers, they're also unlikely to move operations elsewhere. 

 

Examples elsewhere include Evergreen Cooperatives in Cleveland and the Preston Model in Preston, UK. 

How?

More commercial development grants & technical assistance should be given by the State of Wisconsin to support these efforts to achieve development that brings REAL EQUITY and financial benefits to local residents.   Examples of projects that should be supported include housing cooperatives, land trusts, renewable energy cooperatives,  and a state-owned bank.

 

The 30th Street Industrial Corridor could be re-developed by the people, for the people of the district, not just private interests.

Protect Indiginous Rights & Land

Why?

80% of job growth is created by people creating small businesses.   Our communities cannot continue to wait for outsiders to create jobs.  In order to build strong, resilient, neighborhoods, businesses need to be created and owned by the people in those communities.  The tools of business development such as education and access to financial resources need to be made more available to our neighborhoods.   Displacement

How?

- Respect the soverighty

Fix the Potholes

Potholes are everywhere. They cost the average Wisconsin driver $600/year.  These costs hit low-income people harder due to already limited resources.  Also, these potholes are unsightly, reduce the appeal of our neighborhoods and lower property values.  For the safety of drivers, pedestrians, and bikers, our roads need to be smooth and well maintained.

Why?

How?

Capital Drive (WI HWY 190),  20th Street (WI HWY 57), Fond Du Lac Avenue (WI HWY 145) and are state highways.  The State Department of Transportation is directly responsible for maintaining these roads.   Instead of continuously building new highways, we need to focus on maintaining the roads that we have.

 

To help fix local roads the state can increase the amount of local road aids given to cities.  The state also needs to return to Milwaukee its fair share of the shared revenue so that the City can have more resources to deal with potholes.

Remove Lead Pipes & Lead Paint

Why?

Many homes in Milwaukee are almost 100 years old and were built with lead water laterals and lead paint.  Lead is incredibly dangerous to the human body and causes damage to the brain and central nervous system.   However, more children in Milwaukee test positive for high lead levels than in Flint, Michigan [source].   For our people to be truly healthy, we must deal with this as the public health crisis that it is.

How?

State funding should be given to cities and low-income homeowners to assist them with the removal of lead water laters and lead paint.

Create more resources for home repair

Why?

 Too many in our communities are either homeless or living in aging, delipidated housing because of scrupulous landlords or lack of access to financial resources.  

The state should continue to support the use of low-income housing tax credits, do more to promote cooperative housing development and provide property tax protections for long time homeowners with fixed incomes. They should support tenant rights and protections, increase the availability of emergency rent assistance programs to stop the cycle of evictions, as well as down payment assistance programs and home repair grants for low-income homeowners.

Enforce Tenant Protections

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