The Richmond Public School System is filled with promising and young minds eager to take on their future. However, the City of Richmond has fallen woefully behind in providing RPS with the funding they need to succeed in today’s rigorous academic environment. School facilities are deteriorating, teacher wages are below those of our neighboring localities, and extra-curricular activities have been slashed due to budget cuts.
The City of Richmond has neglected its basic infrastructure since the 1970’s. This includes roads, water lines, wastewater management, sidewalks, curb and gutter, etc. All City of Richmond residents expect and deserve to have these basic infrastructure components regularly accessible to them. However, this is not the case throughout the city, especially in the First District.
Housing is not just a privilege; it is a right of every citizen in Richmond. However, recent increases in property values, a lack of inventory across all nine Council districts, and higher property taxes have made housing harder to come by for families and individuals on a fixed income.
For too long, the City of Richmond has either worked for itself or for the wealthy. We need a government that works for ALL Richmonders – not just for those who can afford it or have a connection.
Growing the City of Richmond’s economy is critical to achieving our success. Unlike any other state in the country, Virginia separates cities from counties making it impossible to draw from a large enough tax base in which to make needed enhancements to schools and infrastructure. Coupled with the fact that so much land in the city is owned by non-taxable entities, including the Commonwealth of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond must be smart about attracting new businesses into our borders.