A MAYOR WHO LIVES STrATEGY.
Coming from a family of small business owners, Aswar knows this fundamental fact: there is no excuse for not being ready. Even though things rarely go exactly as planned, having an intelligent, realistic plan is crucial to progress.
Minneapolis’ needs are primarily in three departments.
PART ONE: ECONOMY
Aswar’s economic plan is the first step in building Minneapolis into a robust, equitable city. The biggest obstacle is our staggering poverty rate. Aswar’s plan:
1. Free up $70m per year in city budget.
2. Reserve 25% of that new fund.
3. Invest $10m per year in MCTC low-income enrollment
4. Invest $20m per year in universal pre-school enrollment
5. Invest $10m per year in small business job grants
6. Invest $5m per year in year-round youth employment
7. Invest $5m per year in Empty Storefronts Grant
8. Create annual assessment for minimum wage implementation
PART TWO: SAFETy
Aswar’s innovations in public safety revolve around a smart reform of our policing methods.
1. Create Civilian Majority on Review Panels
2. Excercise Mayoral Authority to discipline or dismiss consistently unprofessional officers.
3. Mandate Mayoral advocacy for civilian complaints.
4. Partner with academic institution for data transparency and accessibility.
5. Maintain direct whistleblower route to Mayor’s Office.
6. Form a Non-Lethal Branch (NLB) to address low risk calls.
7. Train supervisors to detect mental health issues in officers.
8. Establish rotating “light work” positions.
9. Establish a doctrine of Constant Training.
10. End self-insurance, require third-party professional liability insurance.
11. Create residency incentive.
12. Create youth employment positions within MPD.
13. Launch career awareness campaign in public city school.
14. Establish Mayoral responsibility for entirety of department.
PART THREE: ENERGY
Aswar’s innovative Hundred Rooftops plan will transform Minneapolis into a clean energy leader.
288,304 solar panels.
10 Megawatts of power.
$8,661,798 of clean solar energy generated each year.
A system that pays for itself in under five years, generates civic revenue for decades, and most importantly, makes Minneapolis ten megawatts greener.