Lots of rules for running for Mayor. Lots of I dotting and T crossing. Need to do a complete financial statement, income, debt, what you own. LOTS of rule reading I'm doing. I'm seeing why so few want it, and we end up with the type of people we get in this position. You're either a Narcissistic Megalomaniac, or so pissed at the way things are, you run out of frustration in order to fill the seat with something better. I honestly can't see why any normal person would want this job.
I don't need $120k+ for something like this. I'd do it for 30k after taxes. I don't need or want a Taj Mahal. My modest house is paid off. My 1995 Escort runs fine. I've learned to live on $17k a year for so long, I don't need that extra to put on airs. No $400 sun glasses for me, thanks. Racine could use the money. Speaking of money... This idea might piss off some, so I throw it out here now. I've watched the Medical Marijuana law states and they are not imploding from the easing of restrictions. I admit some are imploding, but their problems are not related to MM laws.
Madison has had a decriminalization law in effect for over 25 years. Make jokes, but they had a huge problem that would have swamped the prison system with college kids. Money spent for court costs, legal expenses, prison expenses were all lowered drastically with a small misdemeanor fine.
Oakland has a $50 per ounce tax for Medical Marijuana (MM). They have increased their bottom line due to income from a positive approach to the MM laws of California. What is stopping us from doing the same? I won't argue the merit of MM. I'll let someone else that has seen how it helped a loved one fighting cancer or other debilitating medical problem.
Racine is perfectly located between two major metropolitan centers. We could be the health capital of the Midwest. The money saved by our citizens when their homes and property are correctly assessed and taxed appropriately, would be offset with the income of a MM tax that Racine alone in the area possessed. It would be Racine's own Fireworks permit you might say. Hey, I have no problem with Feds and State Police on Racine's borders. Money for everyone and I'd have no trouble taking the bucks from Illinois folks that came to our clinics.
We would regulate, tax stamp and keep watchful eyes on the sales and uses/users. This would allow our Police and courts to work in areas that need them, both location and types of crime. For those of you rolling your eyes, There would be an employment increase. Clinics, health providers, doctors etc.
No matter what, change is coming. We could be in the front, or like usual, we could be tagging behind everyone else. Do I want to be Mayor with all the headaches? Like I said, there has to be something wrong psychologically with anyone that does, but I'd do it. I'd find new ways to promote Racine, find ways to raise taxes while lessening tax burden, and work at improving schools while enforcing laws that put an end to the rampant crime. Yes my ideas might be unorthodox, but they are not set in stone. I'd always do what the majority of the populace wanted, not the few rich cronies