Will you refrain from supporting any economic development projects that do not adhere to a 90% local hiring requirement​, unless they are related to addressing a security threat to the Austin area? (Note: 2014 Candidates Steve Adler and Greg Casar approved this idea in ChangeAustin.org’s candidate questionnaire. To our knowledge, neither have attempted to fulfill this promise.) Rate your support on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the most support and 1 being the least.

In periods of growth, which seems to be the perennial condition of Austin these days, there is no reason to expend city resources to incentivize more people to move here. For this reason, any projects that do benefit from economic incentives should be required to adhere to a strong local hiring requirement. If, in the future, Austin should enter a period where we are losing population to the point where there is a strong consensus that this is detrimental, the city could consider waiving a local hiring requirement.

Rate your support: 9