When I was younger my mother worked three jobs to provide an adequate living for her family, including one that required her to work 3rd shift. She didn’t ask for help, she owned her situation and worked incredibly hard to ensure all of her children had a bright future. My mother put me through college while working full-time and attending college. She completed a 15+ year career at Metro and now works as a Registered Nurse at UC.
My mother’s work ethic, along with other hard workers in our family, molded me into the man that I am today, a hard worker. There are thousands of people like my mother in Cincinnati. They earn too much to receive government assistance and far too much to receive a Federal Tax Refund. These are the lower middle income earners, or the “Working Poor.”
Currently, the “Childhood Poverty” rate stands at a whopping 53.1%! It’s “Family Poverty”! Often when we talk about poverty we only focus on the immediate image that comes to mind, the homeless we see on our streets. Far too often we do not consider my Mother and others like her. A vast majority of the 53.1% experiencing poverty have a job. Our vision for Cincinnati is built into our formula.
Jobs + Education Accountable Housing = Reduced Poverty
= Reduced Crime = Reduced Taxpayer Costs
To reduce poverty you need a source of income. I have a plan to reduce poverty in Cincinnati. First, creating a school-to-workforce pipeline for our local businesses is essential. My focus will be to get unskilled workers trained in professions that desperately need workers. While manufacturing jobs are part of the answer, developing trade skills in plumbing, welding, and electrical work can provide livable wages .
We are going to work with local High Schools and companies to create a school-to-workforce pipeline through training programs for those who do not want to attend college. Companies that relocate to Cincinnati will have a ready, trained workforce. We will aggressively pursue manufacturing companies that will allow our students to apprentice and train low-skilled workers.
We are going to create a sound system of accountability where slum and absentee landlords are forced to abide by city codes and zoning laws. Currently there are only 7 building/housing inspectors with approximately 300,000 citizens. We will work with city leaders to create a Housing Court that will add an additional layer of accountability to protect our working families.
Results: Focusing on these three areas will reduce poverty, which reduces crime, that in turns reduces taxpayer costs.