State Representatives serve in the Minnesota House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the state legislature. They write and vote on legislation to create, repeal, or change state laws affecting many issues, like health care, the environment, and the economy. They also vote on state taxes and the state spending.
In America we have an unsustainable health care system. As a small business owner and a consumer, our health care has been designed to be complicated, lack transparency, and our health outcomes do not justify the price we pay. People should be able to afford their lives when it comes to prescription drugs. We need an Affordability Commission and a Public Option.
We continue to ignore what really needs to be done regarding our climate and environment. While we cannot change our system overnight we must begin. A continued reliance on volatile priced fossil fuels and the costs to our environment and well being will only increase in the decades ahead if we fail to begin a more robust adaptation to cleaner sources of energy.
The operation of elections and the existing laws in Minnesota governing our elections are a model for the nation. Our first charge is to avoid any detrimental changes that would reduce participation or restrict the important avenues to voting that we provide Minnesotans today. That means first and foremost blocking any of the laws being passed around the country now that infringe on a voter's opportunity to vote. One proposal to consider for Minnesota is wider use of Rank Choice Voting.
Many bills to begin addressing disparities have been proposed. Among those I support include increasing the Teachers of Color within our schools, funding grants to provide financial support for more people of color to gain access in the mental health professions and augmenting access to home loans for first generation family members. I also support bills designed to review impacts of industry on local low-income areas and expand testing of air quality and ascertain the source of pollution.
One of the signature improvements we could make is Paid Family Medical Leave. First it would attract workers we need to our state. It would create a more stable and healthier workforce because employees and their families would have job security for themselves and the wherewithal to care for family members at times of need. And it would aid small family businesses like mine with a comprehensive lower cost plan that would help me compete with large corporations for the local talent we seek.
I support passing and have signed on to comprehensive background checks and Red Flag laws. These two proposals would have an immediate impact on the gun violence deaths we see. We also need to address the age requirement to own certain categories of firearms. Reducing gun violence will be a process. Just like reducing car accidents. There are many other proposals we should consider and many steps we can take so the United States is no longer an outlier among nations on this issue.
Public Safety-Simply put, crime is out of control. We need to fully fund Law enforcement and make crime illegal again.
Educational Freedom & Parental Choice-We need to get back to teaching the basics of Education-Reading, Writing, Arithmetic with a new focus on Civics. Parents should have more input in public education and the right to school choice.
Cost of Living/Economy/Inflation- MN as a state, needs to stop spending the people’s money irresponsibility. We need smaller Gov’t, less taxes and cuts in spending.
With the “freedom to vote” comes responsibility. The least we can do to act responsibly is to require an I.D. to vote.
I would advocate to require Voter I.D., eliminate ballot drop boxes and limit early voting to one week prior to election day.
MN and Minnesotans are not systematically racist. Some politicians want to push that false narrative to divide us. We need to focus on bringing people together, we do this by being Minnesotan, being American and not participating in racism and call it out when we see it. We must treat people equally and refuse the “soft bigotry of low expectations.”
I would support legislation that focuses on lowering taxes and look to make cuts in spending. I would advocate to eliminate income tax and taxes on Social Security Income. I would look for ways to reduce Gov’t waste, look to reduce burdens on families and businesses so they can live and compete in MN with less Gov’t interference.
Let’s reduce the Crime problem and you will see a reduction in gun violence. I would support legislation that includes fully funding law enforcement, puts more police officers on the street and policies that are tough on crime and cracks down hard on criminals.