Inequality and Race
“To address the problems surrounding inequality, race, and justice will take a lot of hard work by a lot of people, in every community, and from every walk of life. We have to change the political, economic and social structures that continue to contribute to our present experience.”
If we want to make progress, poverty and inequality must to be alleviated. We need a living wage of $15 an hour. The free tuition I have proposed for our technical colleges and 2-year campuses will remove a barrier for everyone to have access to technical skills or a college education.
We have to change our criminal laws so we are not jailing twice as many of our citizens as Minnesota. Truth in Sentencing standards need to be changed. Bail procedures must be changed. We need treatment alternatives to prison for those with substance abuse and mental health problems. We need more effective probation and parole. Supports are essential in helping those released from prison to reintegrate into our communities.
We need to improve our inner city public schools. We must recognize that many children from low income families cost more to educate because their parents didn’t have the resources to prepare them for kindergarten. Changes to our funding formula that address the pervasive effects of poverty will help both urban and rural districts.
We need to reform our housing statutes so landlords are held accountable to maintain the properties they rent. Renters are not evicted unjustifiably. Foreclosures are not arbitrary.
We need to build trust between our citizens and law enforcement. President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing shows us detailed steps toward building this trust.
Finally, we must move toward more local control so that people who live in a community do have a real say in how the community is run.
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