Support Ed Driggs for Charlotte City Council, District 7
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Small, Effective Government
One of the greatest threats to sound government at all levels is the belief that most of society's problems can be solved through government programs and investments. Municipal government needs to stay focused on core responsibilities such as public safety, transportation, water/sewer, and enforcing ordinances that are of the public's interest. Having served as Vice Chairman of the Council Budget Committee since 2013, Ed Is proud that this year's City Budget lowers property tax rates to their lowest in fifty years. As a result, the 2019 revaluation has had no effect on the total amount the City takes from taxpayers.
Job Creation Through Free Enterprise
The City of Charlotte has a number of programs that are intended to help people with barriers to employment. By far, the most powerful job-creation tool; however, is to keep taxes low and remove obstacles for business investment and hiring. It is essential that the City consider the impact of all its policies and procedures on businesses. A 2016 study by the Gartner Consulting found that Charlotte is a difficult place to start or run a business because of the countless bureaucratic hurdles. Eliminating the red tape is the most effective way to create jobs and costs taxpayers next to nothing.
Adherence to the Constitution
Our Constitution guarantees everyone free speech under the First Amendment and equal protection under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments. City policy proposals that promote the interest of some groups at the expense of others, or that limit freedom of speech for political reasons, are unconstitutional and must be rejected.
Accountability and Transparency
The people in a Democracy cannot effectively govern themselves if their elected representatives do not fully disclose what they are doing and why. This also means that Officials must recognize how policy proposals might impact citizens and ensure the public has an opportunity to weigh in on big decisions.