As stewards of public funds we must spend efficiently on effective programs and look to reduce waste in government. My promise to you is that I won’t vote to fund a program or create a law without solid evidence behind it being the proper course of action, taking into account input from constituents. I do believe that over-regulation does exist sometimes. There may be times where the proper course of action is supported by evidence, but is not supported by the public. Or vice-versa. In those cases I would work to make the case to the public or take into account their feelings to create policy that is rooted both in empathy and evidence.

I would seek to have every department within the city identify areas of waste through strategic planning and work to create small process improvements (called ‘Kaizen’ in planning lingo). I have been part of several organizations that have undergone this type of work, sometimes to great benefit. For instance, the department I worked in at the Minnesota Department of Health identified $100,000 in savings per year by updating how we were processing paperwork. When workers from the most entry-level to the most senior put their heads together improvement can happen and we can pass those savings onto residents.

This may take some investment in new systems or consulting time, but I believe that short-term expenses that hold the strong promise of long-term payoffs are the sensible way to run government.