Over the last few years, much has changed in Wisconsin and Fitchburg. Income inequality continues to grow in Wisconsin and the US, producing an ever-widening chasm between the rich and poor. Wisconsin’s richest residents have experienced dramatic increases in income, while most Wisconsinites have watched their incomes stagnate or decline. Local government can do more for residents, and go beyond the divisiveness at the higher levels of government.
- People come first. Actively engaging residents in problem solving recognizes individuals’ power to make a difference and contribute to positive, community-based solutions. Making space for people to share new ideas and fresh thinking creates greater innovation.
- Caring for the environment is essential to our future and must be prioritized accordingly.
- Listening matters. Elected officials should listen to their constituents and make sure that all voices are heard.
- Voting is the central way of participating in our democracy and should be made as easy and convenient as possible.
- Public employees work for our community, not for profit, and their contribution must be valued and respected.
- Cities have a duty to exercise responsible stewardship of taxpayers’ dollars and provide excellent services and reliable infrastructure for all residents.
- Affirmative Action, Fair Chance ('Ban the Box') policies, and Racial Equity Impact Assessments are important and concrete ways to continue improving our society and dismantling structural racism.
- Mass transit is a common good that builds stronger communities, reduces traffic, and expands access to employment opportunities and our community amenities like the Senior Center, Library, and Splash Pad.
- The Move to Amend movement is correct that corporations are not people and money must be removed from our political system.