Paolee Vang, Reporter for Suab Hmong News exclusive interviewed Dai Thao who is currently running to get elect for the City Council Ward 1 in the city of St. Paul, MN.
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Below taken from Dai Thao’s campaign website.
Issues We Can Solve Together!
I believe Ward 1 lack of access to secure, living-wage jobs that provide full health benefits is Ward 1’s biggest issue. This problem affects our schools, student achievement, parental involvement in education, food security, the stability and safety of our neighborhoods, health, public safety, and economic development. Solving it requires a set of interconnected policies; but also the determination to win good deals for Ward 1 communities, residents, and workers.
I will address the jobs concern by focusing on four areas: 1) passing and enforcing ordinances and policies that require businesses accepting City money or support to provide living-wage jobs and offer them to Ward 1 residents first – no exceptions; 2) bringing unions, employers, and community partners together to help identify, support, mentor, and connect Ward 1 residents with job opportunities; 3) protecting people from unemployment as a result of lost housing due to property tax increases or unscrupulous foreclosure practices, and 4) putting pressure on the Met Council to make sure that transit resources – from buses to trains – provide Ward 1 residents and workers with affordable, reliable, convenient access to job opportunities throughout the Metro.
With increasing development on University Avenue, Ward 1 is at a crossroads. I commit to stand up against powerful interests and drive a hard bargain to make sure that Ward 1 residents get their fair share. This policy agenda will create great opportunities for Ward 1 residents and connect them with new jobs. I will always bring the communities of Ward 1 with me into every meeting, discussion, negotiation, and vote. I will also focus on strengthening and building the relationships necessary to pass these policies. I will work with my Council colleagues, the Mayor, unions, employers, and community organizations to achieve them. In the end, I will judge success based on results, not only on good intentions.
My Guiding Principle on the Issues:
Public safety is priority one
Business concerns must be addressed
Must work for all stakeholders environmentally, socially, and economically
Constant evaluation and improvement part of the strategy
Create affordable housing
Jobs and Economic Development
Good paying jobs, jobs with dignity
Fair opportunity for Minority Contractors
Fair hiring of local residents
Developments are structurally fair and in the interest of Ward 1 residents
Fiscal integrity, flexible and balanced allocation of resources for best possible outcome objectives
Creativity in seeking revenue and resources
On-going evaluation of current fiscal system
Fair property tax
Education & Early Learning
Education is a tool that can lift people out of poverty, increase tax revenues and obtain economic growth, prevent crime, extend the life-cycle of a city-nation
Sustain and grow Promise Neighborhood
Partnership with public schools and colleges for after school time
Good jobs for youth
Most livable city is measured by the health and quality of life of its citizens, they are the most important assets and must be well invested in
Regardless of race, ideology or differences, all constituents are treated with respect and dignity
Regular listening session with residents
Create public spaces and opportunities for residents to partner across race and culture
There are poor people, elders, hungry children, and people who need help in our Ward. We are all interconnected, and we have a responsibility to them.
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