Scott Criscione has filed to run for Maplewood City Council, Ward 3. He sent his thoughts on economics, race, LGBT and education. He’ll be running against incumbent Jennifer Schmidt in the April 2019 municipal election.
Economics: We spend more in taxes than in food and clothing combined in the US. We have record high taxes and even worse, record high spending. Locally we have to realize following the trend of raising more and more taxes won’t solve many of our issues. We need to do what every citizen does. Be smart, be creative, and work on saving money not spending it. We can’t tax our ways out of poverty, but we can tax our way into it. Taxing between $2,000 – 3,000 just in property taxes is hard on many families. That is sometimes over 10 percent of their income. Then add 10 percent sales tax, and personal property tax, and federal, state, and for city workers, city income tax. People just can’t sustain that.
Race: I don’t get how someone logically thinks their skin color makes them better or worse than someone else. I get we have issues with race in this city and nation. We’ve seen two presidents exploit it for political gains in a row. No amount of laws or rules can change feelings. But taking it upon oneself to look beyond things not controllable by others, i.e., Race, Gender, Ethnicity, Orientation etc. so there is no need to use them as political ploys.
LGBT: You have no control over who you love. Marry whoever you want, as long as you’re two consenting adults who love each other and help each other grow the government should not have a problem with it. Same goes for family. As long as you love your family, and help them grow. Raise your family as you wish.
Education: I’m very skeptical of not just our K-12 system nationally, but especially our college system. K-12 we spend more per child than any other nation (around 14k per child) but are not close to the standards of nations like South Korea, Germany, Hong Kong and Japan. Often our rankings show we are about 17th. That’s not acceptable. We need to focus less on testing and more on introducing financing, programming, Tech Vocational arts, and business etiquette into the class.