Term: 4 Years
QUESTION: What would you do specifically to deal with the District's budget crisis? List three programs you would cut or streamline and tell how you would raise additional revenue.
Osie L. Thorpe (I)
2900 Central Ave. NE
Bishop of the Solid Rock Churches, Disciples of Christ; served in the ministry for 35 years; family and marriage counselor; grandfather was in House of Representatives in 1860; ran for city council memberfor Ward 5 and the at-large seat; candidate for president of the United States, 1988.
A: Budget Crisis: It is foolish to think that 2,000 people can be fired from their jobs. Does the city plan to put them on welfare or public assistance? To give out these types of benefits would cost the city even more. As mayor, I would institute new city regulations, and if workers don't abide by them, they will fire themselves. Stop city workers from stealing budget money. Don't call stealing mismanagement. The city has no major programs to cut or streamline. This city keeps on trying to do more with less; ask Congress for the money that is needed to run the system effectively. Get boarder babies out of D.C. General Hospital, Howard and other local hospitals. Allow them to be adopted by caring families. Put more money into youth programs, i.e. reduce the teenage pregnancy rate, set up more drug programs. Clean up the schools, buy newer books, put more computers in the classrooms and give the teachers more money. Raising additional revenue: All D.C. government-owned residential and commercial property that is boarded up should be renovated and made available to the public. This would increase the city's property tax revenues. As a last resort, a commuter tax could be instituted. No city employee has a license to steal. If we put honest people in office, we don't have to spend millions of dollars later prosecuting them for white collar crimes. Doesn't that make sense?