My aim is to build a just & inclusive Minnesota where everyone has what they need to be cared for, safe, & thrive. In my 2 years in the MN House, I've been proud of my work on childcare, that will continue to be a priority - every child deserves early care & learning, it needs to be affordable for families, & the skilled caregivers doing that incredibly important work need to make a living wage. Families should be able to afford their lives. Other priorities include protecting & defending our democracy - voting is a right & we need to ensure a safe & easy process for everyone. I'm also committed to working to ensure a livable planet for our children & future generations. The climate crisis is an existential threat & we need bold action now.
Protecting Minnesotans' freedom to vote is a high priority for me - I carried bills related to this in the House and will continue to champion this in the Senate. I will be a vocal advocate and use my voice and platform to speak out against proposals that will limit Minnesotan's freedom to vote and work hard to decrease barriers to voting. A strong democracy is foundational to all other work - everyone deserves to have their voice heard and their vote count.
Racial justice and reducing racial disparities is very important to me. Minnesota is a wonderful place to live, work, play and raise families, but the experiences of our Black, Brown and Indigenous friends and neighbors is very different than for white Minnesotans. We have some of the highest rates of racial disparities in healthcare and education. I will always stand in support of policies to decrease these disparities - things like the Teachers of Color Act and universal healthcare.
All Minnesotans should be able to afford their lives and should have what they need to be cared for, safe, and thrive. I support policies to ease the squeeze for workers and families - things like paid family medical leave, earned sick and safe time, childcare assistance, universal healthcare and more. A large part of rising inflation is due to corporate greed - large corporations need to pay their fair share in taxes just like everyone else, I'll continue to work towards that.
I'm very passionate about this issue. As a mom of 3, a nurse of 20 yrs & a former co-lead of the Rochester Moms Demand Action chapter, I strongly support common sense gun reform - things like universal background checks, extreme risk protection laws & banning ghost guns that cannot be tracked. These are measures the vast majority of Minnesotans support & ones that will save lives. Gun violence is a public health crisis, one that disproportionately affects Black, brown & Indigenous communities.
1. Inflation- It is crushing every aspect of our society, from farmers to small business owners to those living on fixed incomes. We must do better and be smarter about inflation and the driving factors of it.
2.Taxation- we are considerably over taxed as individuals and as businesses. Time to keep more of our own money to provide for our families and stop giving it to the government to waste on pet projects.
3.Crime- Not only fully fund the police, but fully support them. The de-fund the police movement has been a horrendous disaster, time to get back to safe streets and communities.
Poll Watcher access, within 3 feet.
1. Voter ID
2. Provable Chain of Custody for Absentee Ballots
3. Provisional Ballots available at the voting locations.
1. We should focus on equal opportunity for all, not equal outcomes. Hard work and effort need to be the rule of the day.
1. Lower taxation at the personal level as well as less obstruction on small businesses. We also must realize that there are too many dollars chasing too few products, that is inflation. NO MORE free handouts of money the government does not have, and we need to increase the workforce to balance out the dollars/products to ease inflation.
1. Culture is the answer to gun violence. You can not punish legal gun owners in this Republic and expect anything to happen, this is a health crisis and a mental health issue. There is NO amount of money or laws that will stop this issue, it is all about community and culture. We need to be much better at creating a feeling of belonging within our youth. We also need to STOP preaching that our nation is somehow unworthy of respect. Love of country, community, and family, these are key.
My top MN Senate priorities will be
1. Recovery of state and local powers usurped by the feds:
a. Legalize adult use of natural substances like marijuana and qat as several states have done.
b. Allow OTC sale of drugs safer than Tylenol as TN has done, including HCQ and IVM.
c. Free doctors (and hospitals) from federal interference and influence.
d. Protect Constitutional Rights (free speech, stop the mandates).
e. Protect the Guard from deployment in undeclared wars.
f. Support local control of education.
2. Support the 28th Amendment. Corporations are not people and money is not speech.
3. Election integrity to prevent fraudulent ballots and machines. Ballot/debate access for alt parties.
A photo ID free for all MN residents who do not have a drivers license. Information should include DOB and either address or voting precinct if homeless. The ID must be free, gov pays extra costs for disabled voters.
1) no unsupervised drop boxes,
2) absentee ballots issued only on request
3) strict signature verification.
4) systematic purge of voters who are deceased or left state
The 14th amendment guarantees equal protection under the law. If this is faithfully followed, no further legislation is required. If lack of equality of opportunity or protection is proven in court, that precedent will automatically adjust the application of any pertinent law.
Inflation is a federal issue. MN can't do anything about it. It can remove unnecessary restrictions on private business, such as onerous licensing requirements.
Universal background checks must be completed before a sale is final.