Our city budget is a roadmap of our top priorities. We must build a budget that continues to spend a majority on schools and public safety. But we must also continue our progress while preserving what makes Nashville home to us all. Even as we invest in important infrastructure improvements and bringing good jobs to Nashville, we need to be focused on keeping school funding high and our debt low.
It is vitally important that we listen to our teachers, parents, and students when working on our education system. We must ensure that every child, in every zip code, has access to a quality public education delivered by motivated, fairly paid teachers.
Nashville’s boom has brought with it an increase in housing prices that has not been matched by wage growth. We must develop a plan that allows people to find homes that don’t take over a third of their household income. With the mayor’s Under One Roof plan, we have a framework for the next decade to leverage Metro’s investment with federal dollars and public private partnerships to provide a range of housing options for those who are integral to our economy.
Opportunity for All
There are still residents who struggle to access the economic opportunities in Nashville, despite unemployment and poverty levels in Nashville at a multi-year low. We must be deliberate as a city to connect people with jobs. Our schools need to provide the full range of options for college or career readiness. Our community colleges should align curriculum with the skills needed in the job market. Our workforce development programs should complement technical skills training with financial literacy and other soft skills. Economic incentives to bring jobs should continue to be coupled with key factors that prepare Nashvillians to tap into the growth – supporting schools, workforce development, and minority business participation.