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Minnesota State Senate District 53

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    Matt Klein
    (DFL)

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    Chris Rausch
    (Rep)

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)

Campaign Website http://www.mattklein.org
Campaign Twitter Handle @@senmattklein
Campaign Mailing Address 1 BEEBE AVE
MENDOTA HEIGHTS, MN 55118
1. Ensuring affordable, quality health care for all. High health care costs are preventing Minnesotans from accessing necessary care and are stunting the growth of our businesses.

2. Protecting a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions. With the recent decision by the Supreme Court in Dobbs, these rights are threatened. For the sake of individual health autonomy, and as a public health measure, we must defend access to abortion services.

3. Using our historic surplus to provide meaningful tax relief to working Minnesotans. We can help people stay in their homes by lowering property taxes, and counter inflation by eliminating the tax on Social Security.
Minnesota is rightly proud of our first in the nation voter participation record. We should continue to offer early voting both in person and via mail or secure drop boxes to facilitate access to the ballot. We should speak the truth about election results, including countering the falsehood that widespread voter fraud exists in our state or that it had an impact on the 2020 election.
I support mandated training for medical professionals in systemic bias, and expanded access to post-natal care as a step to resolving our health care disparities. In our schools, we can incentivize the training of teachers of color as a measure to address educational disparities. And I support targeted tax credits for investors and employers to incentivize economic advancement for people of color.
Meaningful tax relief in a season of surplus will both counter inflation and stimulate all sectors of the economy. Continuing the Angel Tax credit is essential to preserving our business friendly environment. Investments in modern transit through a dedicated revenue stream will attract workers in all sectors to our state.
I have been a co-author on the Universal Background Check bill as well as the Red Flag Law. These are meaningful interventions to reduce gun violence that have been proven effective in other states. The Red Flag law in particular targets the large number of suicide related gun violence incidents which occur in Minnesota. As a gun owner myself, I know these measures are reasonable and do not infringe on Second Amendment rights.
Campaign Website http://RauschForMN.com
Campaign Email Chris@RauschForMN.com
Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 2631
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
My focus is on our public safety, addressing the economic challenges that we as Minnesotans are facing, and cultivating a minnesota education system that works for students, parents, and teachers.
Trust in our elections is a value we should all easily be able to stand together on. Providing an ID as we do at the airport, when hired at a job, or finding a place to live or drive is not a barrier but a securement of confidence in our voting process. We must ensure voters are citizens of our republic. When a person has merit to request an absentee ballot they should. The blind sending out of absentee ballots does not instill greater confidence in security, but undermines it.
The America I stand for was founded on the ideal that all men are created equal. Martin Luther King stood for the content of character not the color of skin, did he not? Discrimination in any racial context is something I strongly condemn. I will champion an example that we might be a state that’s stands for character and merit while helping people from any walk of life cultivate the brightest and most prosperous future possible. We are one nation!
The government doesn’t need to be telling businesses what to do. We need to allow the market to dictate what services are needed. We need to incentivize business toward excellence, not over-regulate and overtax them.
School security is number one. Our airports & hospitals have greater security than most of our schools. We need to prosecute criminal acts to the full extent of the law. Our community has suffered from inactions against criminality. As leaders we need to address what’s taking place in our culture and stand for what is good. Crude language, destructive images, and reports that instill fear. Where is the hope? I’m here to champion character, truth, honesty, and common sense as I serve others.