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DC-6 20-1096 Resolution to Order Election and to Determine Ballot Question for Charter Amendment for the 2021 Affordable Housing Millage (7 Votes Required)

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    Anne Jackson 21 days ago

    As a MNA delegate to the HVALF, life long resident of Ann Arbor and one of the few nurses at U of M who actually lives in the city I urge the council to let the voters decide whether to fund expanded construction of affordable housing in Ann Arbor. Affordable housing in the city leads to less traffic congestion as more folks can walk or use public transportation. That would solve parking issues downtown and at U of M. I have watched as this city has become one only for the affluent due to housing prices. Time to give the people a chance to vote on making a difference.

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    STEVEN GULICK 23 days ago

    I strongly support this resolution. At our July 7th delegate meeting, the HVALF voted unanimously to support this resolution, with a view to letting the voters decide whether to fund expanded construction of affordable housing in Ann Arbor. Most working people have seen their real (i.e., after inflation) income declining and (in addition to rising health care costs) one big source of that deteriorating standard of living is the rapidly rising cost of housing. Ann Arbor is a prime case of this widespread problem and we have a responsibility to tackle it head on. The market will not do this for us -- we've tried that for 30 years and we've seen the result.

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    Ian Robinson 23 days ago

    At our July 7th delegate meeting, the HVALF voted unanimously to support this resolution, with a view to letting the voters decide whether to fund expanded construction of affordable housing in Ann Arbor. The labor movement has traditionally focused on promoting just compensation for all, and the City will help to advance that agenda if it passes the Responsible Contractor ordinance on Monday. But we recognize that we are only able to reach a minority of working people through collective bargaining and the purchasing policies of public entities such as the City. Most working people have seen their real (i.e., after inflation) income declining and (in addition to rising health care costs) one big source of that deteriorating standard of living is the rapidly rising cost of housing. Ann Arbor is a prime case of this widespread problem and we have a responsibility to tackle it head on. The market will not do this for us -- we've tried that for 30 years and we've seen the result.