One of the best ways to make Austin more affordable is to ensure we have a diverse set of industries which provide local, skilled and the hard-to-employ talent the opportunity to compete for jobs that have a career ladder. The Austin City Council is considering adopting a revised economic incentive policy, expanding the previous one-size-fits-all policy. If the Austin Chamber of Commerce presents a company that meets the criteria for an incentive as set by City Council policy, will you vote to support incentivizing jobs for both small operators and large in our city? How will you monitor success with the provision requiring employment of the hard-to-employ?

Mariana Salazar

City Council, District 1

I support the council’s recent vote to approve the framework for a restructuring of the city’s economic incentives programs to increase small business growth and improving job opportunities for lower-wage and middle-skill workers. I support Council efforts to create jobs for “hard-to-employ” populations, such as those with criminal backgrounds or persons with mental disabilities. As a council member, I will work closely with the City Manager to monitor progress on city policies and programs including the monitoring of businesses benefiting from the city incentives.