Positions & Issues

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City Government

Structure:
  • Support of responsive and efficient structures and procedures of Minneapolis government. (Updated June 2005)
Civil Service:
  • Support of affirmative action; fairness in hiring, employment and dismissal of City Employees.
Citizen Participation:
  • Support of opportunities for all citizens to participate in effective ways in the decisions of local government.
Finance/Budget/Property Tax:
  • Support of sound fiscal policy and new sources of revenue. (Updated June 2004)
  • Support of improved budgetary procedures for city government. (Updated June 2004)
  • Support of policies to strengthen the city’s tax base. (Updated June 2004)

Housing, Planning and Urban Renewal (Updated April 2008)

Housing:
  • Support of governmental responsibility for emergency housing needs.
  • Support of policies that provide for a variety of housing that meets the needs of a diverse population.
  • Support of the use of an Affordable Housing Trust Fund in order to preserve and expand the supply of affordable housing in Minneapolis.
Planning and Urban Renewal:
  • Support of effective administration and coordination of planning functions.
  • Support of long-range planning goals and programs.

Administration of Justice and Law Enforcement

Police:
  • Support of fair and adequate law enforcement for all people.
  • Support of measures to ensure equal justice for all persons regardless of race and socio-economic status.
Juvenile Courts:
  • Support of legal assistance and services for children in the justice system.
Handguns:
  • Support of stricter control on handguns.

Education (Updated June 2003)

  • Support of adequate financing, effective organization, responsive planning and continued improvement for the Minneapolis Public Schools with the goal of quality, integrated education for all.

Social Policy

Family Violence/Prevention of Violence:
  • Support of improved procedures for agencies dealing with family violence.
  • Support of improved services for the victims.
  • Support of violence prevention programs in our community
Welfare/Income Assistance:
  • LWVMpls uses LWVUS and LWVMN positions when taking action on these issues.
Equal Opportunity:
  • Support of policies and procedures to ensure equality of opportunity in Minneapolis (including equal opportunity in housing, education, public accommodations, public services, and employment).
  • Support of efforts to eliminate racism in our community.
Child Care/Early Childhood Education:
  • Support of quality child-care concerned with the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of the child.
  • Support of sufficient public funding for childcare programs.
  • Support of public policies and programs that value and support young children, their families, and those who work with children and families.
Child Support:
  • Support of stricter enforcement of court-ordered child support payments.
Adolescent Health:
  • Support of coordinated and accessible health, education and social services for pregnant and other teens.
  • Support of teenage pregnancy prevention efforts in the Minneapolis Public Schools.
  • Support of adequate and reliable funding for adolescent health care.
Health:
  • LWVMpls uses LWVUS and LWVMN positions when taking action on these issues.
Indian Affairs:
  • Support of adequate services for American Indians in Minneapolis.

Livability

  • Support of public policies and action to maintain and improve the livability of Minneapolis neighborhoods.

Libraries (Updated February 2007)

  • Support of adequate financing and sound administrative procedures for libraries and cooperation between library systems on a regional basis.

Parks (Updated May 2016)

  • Support of adequate financing, sound administrative and planning procedures, and assurance of transparency and responsiveness to community concerns for the Minneapolis park and recreation system.