Today I delivered my 2018 Budget Address, entitled “Investment Fuels Action” You can read it below, or watch it here.
This budget makes significant investments in sustainability, housing, public safety and community trust, and in preserving our status as a progressive, welcoming, inclusive city. It is a reflection of our shared values. Those values drive investment, investment builds the foundation for action, and our actions as a city get results for the people of Minneapolis. That’s our responsibility as leaders, and as government.
Thank you, Madam President, and colleagues.
As elected officials, we traffic in words. And that’s important. We use words to share our values, our policies, our expectations, our visions for a shared future. We use words to celebrate our victories, and sometimes to offer support in tough times. Words matter.
But words alone can’t create change. Even the loftiest speech just sails into the ether if it isn’t tethered to real action. Words are the easy part. It’s important for leaders of all stripes to communicate clearly and transparently, but it’s even more important to see those words become action that has a positive impact in people’s lives. That’s our responsibility as leaders, and that’s our responsibility as government.