Posted by: Donna
Throughout his campaign, he has called for a “laser focus” on jobs. He promotes a seven-point plan, much of it similar to other candidates’ plans, with one important difference. Gullett understands government doesn’t create jobs; business does. But business needs capital to grow, and that has been hard to come by lately. Gullett would leverage city assets to encourage banks to loan to local business and would shear the government red tape that needlessly delays private enterprise.
Gullett is running as an outsider, a label that doesn’t quite fit someone who chaired the Planning Commission and whose wife was Mayor Phil Gordon’s chief of staff. A criticism of Gullett is that he may slip too easily into the role of City Hall insider. Gullett would need to guard against that.
Because he has never served on the City Council, he isn’t tied to past decisions. He can easily make a clean break with the past. With an insider’s knowledge, he can maneuver through City Hall’s byzantine process and internecine fighting. He has the temperament to get things done.
Blah blah blah, he’s our corporate lackey, blah blah. Did we mention UNIONS??!?
Second, reforming the city’s pay-and-benefit structure. Phoenix, which has been slashing popular services and raising taxes to close budget deficits, must confront its public-employee unions if it is to roll back unsustainable levels of compensation, pensions and other benefits.
Some of the six candidates for mayor in the Aug. 30 election are well-suited to take on the city’s employee unions but less likely to nurture the economy. Others have strong economic-development plans but raise doubts about their ability to stand up to unions.
Wes Gullett is perfectly suited to the kind of shitty third world economy that the Arizona Republic envisions for the future of Phoenix. Which is why they endorsed him.
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