Fiscal Responsibility – Milwaukee County has received spending cuts from both the state and federal levels of government. The only way to stabilize funding for our services over the long term is to stop depending on one-time funding for recurring expenses. With every budgeting decision, I promise to ask myself, “Is it appropriate to tax residents in order to finance this expense? Would my constituents see this as a justified expense if I were on their doorstep today?” I will be accountable to you for my votes. In 2016 I voted against creating a wheel tax because I knew that most residents did not support it, this was shown true with the results of the Spring 2017 referendum, where 70%+ of Milwaukee Residents said no to the wheel tax. There are other ways that we can create more efficiencies in county government.
Public Safety – We want all neighborhoods to be safe so we can rest assured that emergencies will always be met with a fast and effective response. It is crucial we support our local public safety personnel and maintain good relationships with the other municipalities that respond to our calls for help. I will continue to view public safety as our number one priority. I have volunteered as Chair of the Emergency Medical Services Council for more than five years and served on the Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership Council for three years. I have also created opportunities in our community for families to learn more about firearm safety and bullying prevention.
Better Government – Let’s face it: Government will always be imperfect. But the good news is that means that we can continuously aim for great improvements. Some ideas are simple, like converting to electronic payment systems. Other ideas, like adopting changes to the criminal justice system, or reforming the way we care for the mentally ill, take time and community input, but move us all forward in the end. This is why I will continue to send out surveys, hold public listening sessions, and attend events in our community. We can do better, working together!
I also believe in supporting…
- Balanced budgets.
- Efficient government spending.
- Caring for our children and honoring our elders.
- The family unit & the sanctity of human life.
- Hearing out both sides of a debate.
- Dialogue between Democrats, Republicans, and Independents.
- Empowering women to get more involved in our communities and in government.
- Choices that will make future generations proud.
Deanna was re-elected in April 2016 and will next seek re-election in April 2018.