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Minnesota State Senate District 4

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    Dan Bohmer
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    Rob Kupec
    (DFL)

Información Biográfica

If elected, what will your top three priorities be and why? (750 characters)

How would you ensure election laws do not create barriers to Minnesotans’ freedom to vote while also ensuring safe and secure elections? (500 characters)

What legislation, if any, would you support to address racial or ethnic disparities in Minnesota? (500 characters)

What will you do to support a vibrant economy across Minnesota, and to address rising inflation? (500 characters)

What legislation, if any, would you support to reduce gun violence in Minnesota? (500 characters)

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Campaign Website http://kupec4mnsenate.com
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Campaign Email kupec4mnsenate@gmail.com
Campaign Mailing Address 515 9TH ST SOUTH
MOORHEAD, MN 56560
First would be to pass the budget bill that puts the state surplus to work for Minnesotans and offers tax relief. In that bill there are large portions for education, eliminating the state tax on social security and reducing property taxes. It also allots more money for public safety and critical infrastructure upgrades and repairs. Second is dealing with the severe shortage of childcare and the low wages of childcare teachers. This is an economic issue, without quality childcare, people can't work. It's a top reason we are experiencing a labor shortage. Third is the looming crisis in long term care. They are short on staff and state payments are inadequate and slow. With the influx of baby boomers, we need to get ahead of this problem.
Democracy is not a spectator sport; we should support laws that will make it easier for people to vote. Fortunately, Minnesota is a leader election freedom but we could look at moving toward automatic voter registration to make it even easier. We also need to make sure there are not barriers for people with disabilities that would keep them from voting. We have also been a leader in stopping cyber-attacks on our elections and we need to ensure we stay that way.
There are racial disparities in housing, health care and economic development but possibly the worst is in education. Minnesota has one of the highest ranked public-school systems but the racial achievement gap ranks in the top 10. Here are some ways we could work on this. Increase state investment for Early Head Start and subsidies for early childhood care and education, in communities experiencing the greatest educational disparities. Increase recruiting and training for teachers of color.
We need to address the worker shortage, increase access to the skilled trades, affordable college and help new small businesses get going. We need to ensure an economy that works for everyone. While some inflationary costs are beyond our control, we can work to lower costs on the ones that we can control. Taxes on low and middle incomes. Reducing health insurance and prescription drug costs. Help with the costs of childcare for kids and long-term care for seniors.
I am in favor of common-sense gun safety, such as properly storing firearms, reporting stolen or missing weapons and having failed background checks reported to the police. Increased penalties for crimes committed with guns and keep them out of the hands of criminals. I favor raising the legal age to 21 for the purchase of all guns. While there is evidence that red flag laws prevent gun suicides and shootings, I have concerns about putting our police officers into a dangerous situation.