Politico completed it’s eight annual mayor’s survey and reported that the hot-button issues under the new administration for the mayors surveyed were housing, education, replacing aging sewer pipes to comply with federal water quality rules and health. Overall, the Trump agenda — for the mostly Democratic mayor respondents — was cause for concern in the two weeks prior to the inauguration.
“Few issues raise alarms with mayors as loudly as the threatened repeal of Obamacare,” wrote Politico’s Brent Griffiths.
He said the anonymous, unscientific survey polled a mixture of 46 (42 Democrats and 4 Republicans) mayors from big cities, college towns and urban centers. A full 74 percent indicated the repeal — which has since been set in motion — would not go well, selecting they believed it would be a “complete disaster.”
Here is a summary of the results:
Health Top Priorities
#1 Drug addiction
#2 Lack of health insurance
#3 (tie) Gun violence and obesity
School’s Top Issue
Preferred Fix for the National Highway Transportation Fund
Raise the gas tax (President Bill Clinton was the last to raise it)
Preferred Fix for Combined Sewer Overflows
Fix them with Federal funding support and keep the regulations
When asked what they would tell the president, mayors largely asked the president to listen to them and to work together, but they are also deeply concerned that Trump’s priorities conflict with their own visions,” wrote Griffiths.
The mayors that participated in Politico’s survey are:
C. Kim Bracey, York, Pa.; Noam Bramson, New Rochelle, N.Y.; Marni Sawicki, Cape Coral, Fla.; Betsy Hodges, Minneapolis; John Marchione, Redmond, Wash.; Larry Wolgast, Topeka, Kan.; William Capote, Palm Bay, Fla.; Elizabeth Tisdahl, Evanston, Ill.; Jon Mitchell, New Bedford, Mass.; Javier M. Gonzales, Santa Fe, N.M.; Helene Schneider, Santa Barbara, Calif.; Pauline Cutter, San Leandro, Calif.; Acquanetta Warren, Fontana, Calif.; Nan Whaley, Dayton, Ohio; Adrian Mapp, Plainfield, N.J.; Bob Buckhorn, Tampa, Fla.; Steve Adler, Austin, Texas; Mike Spano, Yonkers, N.Y.; Jeri Muoio, West Palm Beach, Fla.; Claudia Bill-de la Peña, Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Betsy Price, Fort Worth, Texas; Paul Dyster, Niagara Falls, N.Y.; Esther E. Manheimer, Asheville, N.C.; Paul R. Soglin, Madison, Wisc.; Stephanie A. Miner, Syracuse, N.Y.; Jonathan Rothschild, Tucson, Ariz.; Dana L. Redd, Camden, N.J.; Kathy Sheehan, Albany, N.Y.; George Van Dusen, Skokie, Ill.; Karen Freeman-Wilson, Gary, Ind.; Andrew Gillum, Tallahassee, Fla.; Andy Berke, Chattanooga, Tenn.; Marty Walsh, Boston; Madeline Rogero, Knoxville, Tenn.; Marilyn Strickland, Tacoma, Wash.; Robert Garcia, Long Beach, Calif.; Edwin M. Lee, San Francisco; Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles; Jim Kenney, Philadelphia; Ed Murray, Seattle; Alan Arakawa, Maui County, Hawaii; Mike Rawlings, Dallas; Toni N. Harp, New Haven, Conn.; Mark Stodola, Little Rock, Ark.; Denny Doyle, Beaverton, Ore.; Joseph M. Petty, Worcester, Mass.