Minnesota State House District 46B
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.
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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)
Focusing on investing in our public education system E-12 as well as post-secondary. Including, funding for mental health, increased support staff, and in a diverse and well trained staff. Get a tax bill across the finish line that provides property tax relief and builds an economy that works for everyone, not just a few. Increase investments in our physical and human infrastructure. Including our transportation/transit system, affordable childcare, and staffing in our senior facilities.
Follow Secretary of State Steve Simon's lead on supporting and enhancing our absentee voting system. Train and support our election judges as well as making sure our counties/municipalities have what they need to make our elections secure. I have supported the House DFL Democracy for All slate of legislation and will continue to work to get those policies across the finish line.
There are so many ways we need to tackle our opportunity gap and address systemic racism in our communities across the State. To start with is to make sure our schools are truly the great equalizer they are meant to be with students seeing themselves in the curriculum and staff. Craft policies that reduce barriers to housing, employment, and justice. Pass paid family leave and earned sick leave. And, to make sure our tax system is equitable and progressive.
Make sure that our Department and Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has what they need to support our small business, BIPOC and veterans owned business, and in training programs for displaced workers. To make sure our tax system remains progressive and provide for tax credits that allow everyone to participate in the economy. For example, expanding the working family credit, the childcare credit, the higher education tuition credit, etc. And, pass paid family leave.
I have long supported sensible gun violence prevention bills such as expanding background checks and red flag laws. We should also look at raising the age limit on possessing and purchasing certain guns as well as other sensible solutions.
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