Bring Family & Consumer Sciences to MPS
Alciro wants to bring a Family and Consumer Sciences 2.0 Initiative to Milwaukee Public Schools. This would include job readiness, career pathways, career planning, shop, Financial Literacy, tax preparation, credit, sewing, cooking, the difference between owning and renting a home, different retirement accounts, stocks, bonds, post transitional planning, and social emotional learning.
Reform the Police Department
- Alciro will advocate for a Human Services Division to be added to the Milwaukee Police Department where as Human Service Professionals, Social Workers, and the Faith community work together and contract with the department to do proactive door to door wellness checks in order to assist with community needs.Alciro would like these entities to have their own contracts with the Police Department in order to provide resources, case management, conflict resolution (if approved by MPD), and other services. The focus will be high crime/poverty areas with expansion into other areas of Milwaukee.
- Accountability, Alciro would like to explore the idea of requiring law enforcement to have a Psychological Assessment prior to employment and periodically after to ensure mental fitness for duty.
- To bring about true community policing in which officers have stake in the community that they serve, Alciro will advocate for funds to be dispatched for officers to receive a proximity bonus to live in the area that they patrol. Officer must pay back the bonus if fired within 5 years of receiving the bonus or if the officer chooses to move from the area within 5 years of receiving the bonus, whichever comes first.
- Alciro will advocate for the Milwaukee Police Department to bring back the residency requirement for all new hires and allow those that currently work for the department and do not live in the city to be grandfathered in.
Criminal Justice Reform
- Mandate that ALL incarcerated individuals be eligible for Huber work release. Wisconsin Statute 302.335 (2j) only allows eligibility if that person was placed on probation for a misdemeanor and if the probation violation for which he or she is confined is not a crime.
- Modify the Snap Food Share Employment and Training Program (FSET) in order to grant an exception for those that are incarcerated. This would give Justice involved individuals the ability to utilize their allotted FSET funds to receive Employment and job training while incarcerated. As it now stands, offenders cannot utilize their allotted funds.
- Alciro will advocate for the creation of a Housing Fidelity Bond program. Justice involved individuals and many others are often discriminated against in their search for housing. Alciro currently serves on the Community Advocates Reentry Housing Task Force where he spearheaded this idea. This program would serve as an insurance policy that would address landlord’s fears of renting to Justice involved individuals. The Federal Workforce Fidelity Bond version of this has proven to be very successful as it has been around since the 1960’s.
Who does this help?
Though many will qualify, there will be rigorous training requirements geared towards addressing an applicant’s disreputable history in order to obtain this Housing Fidelity Bond. Bond coverage is provided for any person whose background usually leads landlords to question their honesty and deny them housing. The program will cover any person who is a “risk” due to their being in one or more of the following groups:
- Ex-offender with a record of arrest, conviction, or imprisonment; anyone who has ever been on parole or probation or has any police record.
- Ex-addict who has been rehabilitated through treatment for alcohol or drug abuse.
- Poor credit record or have declared bankruptcy.
- Dishonorably discharged from the military.
- Persons lacking a work history who are from low income families.
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients.
Anyone who cannot obtain housing without bonding will be eligible for help through this Bonding Program. All individuals who have, in the past, committed a fraudulent or dishonest act, are eligible for bonding services. These persons include ex-offenders and ex-addicts, as well as people who have poor personal credit, poor persons who lack a work history, and individuals who were dishonorably discharged from the military. The bond is given to the landlord AT NO COST and serves as peace of mind as well as an incentive to rent their property to an applicant who is an ex-offender or has some other “risk” factor in their personal background. The landlord is then able to get the tenant and minimize risk. It is like a “guarantee” to the landlord that the potential tenant will not breach concerns. The Federal Workforce Fidelity bond Program has obtained great success and Alciro expects his Housing adaptation to have similar results.
The results are as follows…
- A research study published by a university in Texas surveyed employer attitudes toward hiring ex-offenders. Only 12% said that they were willing to hire these applicants. However, 51% said that they would hire ex-offenders if they were bonded. Over 50,000 job placements have been made in industries like hospitality, retail, construction, transportation, auto repair, healthcare and more. The Federal/Fidelity Bonding Program has helped many at-risk job seekers. New York State found that having a job helps prevent a parolee from returning to prison. The fact is that 89% of persons who violated parole were unemployed at the time. Texas found that Project RIO bonding and other services for those released from its State prisons saved the State $10 million annually and made tax payers out of tax users. A study of the U.S. Department of Justice found that released felony offenders with histories of alcohol and drug offenses were able to be helped to secure steady employment by offering employers bonding as a job-hire incentive.
- In August 1998, the Pittsburgh City Paper brought attention to the fact that “a criminal past may prevent the transition from welfare to work,” and called for expanded use of the Federal Bonding Program to deal with this job placement problem.
Integrate Chaplains into Milwaukee Public Schools
Develop Disadvantaged Worker Tax Credit and Subsidy Program
This program would assist Justice involved individuals, and/or participants 25 and older who have not consistently maintained employment that collects taxes and have been out of work for 6 months or more. Participants must partake in job readiness and/or Cognitive based curriculum (if necessary) to qualify. Once they qualify, employers that hire this participant may subsidize wages for the first year and cash in on a tax credit after the second year of employment. Employers will be asked to complete a training on Racism, Cultural competence, and trauma informed employment practice to qualify.
- Alciro believes that this will encourage individuals to leave the underground economy. It will convert tax users to tax payers.
- This will encourage businesses to set up shop in Milwaukee.
Generate an Employment Program Similar to The Joseph Project
Generate an employment program similar to The Joseph Project (www.josephprojectwi.org)
in order to have a pipeline of blue collar workers available to bolster the City’s efforts of bringing premier blue collar businesses to MKE.
Alciro would advocate for funds to provide transportation for program participants to these businesses outside of the Milwaukee area. Alciro intends to reserve 50 percent of the slots for offenders and ex-offenders. Alciro believes that this program would:
- Help skeptics from areas outside of Milwaukee gain confidence in the Milwaukee Labor Force.
- Connect job seekers to premier employers prior to the employer’s move to Milwaukee; giving both the employer and job seeker a head start.
- Give Milwaukee more leverage when negotiating with premier blue collar employers outside of the MKE area.
- Alciro’s Disadvantage Worker and Tax Subsidy Program should draw employers and give Milwaukee more leverage when negotiating with premier blue collar employers as well.
Erase Current Child Support Arrears Interest and Put a Cap on the Amount of Interest That May Ensue Thereafter
- Alciro has spent years assisting men and women with Child Support issues. This experience has shown him that there is need for an interest cap as some States do not collect interest on Child Support arrears. There was a study done in San Francisco that further supports Alciro’s plan. https://www.urban.org/research/publication/relief-government-owed-child-support-debt-and-its-effects-parents-and-children
- Currently in Wisconsin there is not a cap on the amount of Child Support Arrears interest that may ensue on an order. Due to this, Alciro has seen individuals make close to minimum wage and owe over $100,000 in Child Support arrears interest. He believes that the interest cap should be an amount that parents can payback in three months or less. This helps to keep money going to the child instead of the State, and keeps debt from looming over parents’ heads so that they can dream and move forward with their lives. Alciro wants to be clear that he believes parents should pay all of their Child Support debt, but research has shown that debt due to interest on arrears is unnecessary and counterproductive for the payee, family, and society.
- Alciro believes that a reasonable arrears interest cap this will encourage more parents to leave the underground economy and become tax payers as opposed to tax users.
- Alciro believes that more parents will pursue entrepreneurial endeavors as the weight of the debt will be lifted and they will have the ability to save funds without fear of confiscation. More small businesses leads to more jobs for the Wisconsin economy!