I am committed to making sure that women are treated fairly in all situations and that the work environment is always a safe and healthy environment.
In Minnesota we have strong regulations that prohibit discrimination based on gender. I will continue to support strong enforcement of those regulations and require our state agencies to set the proper tone and example treating all fairly and with respect.
Overall here in our area we have excellent schools, however there are some areas we need more attention. Here is rural Minnesota we need to be able to provide more services for those children with special learning needs.
That is a joint federal and state responsibility. I will continue to work on making sure the funding is in place and gets down to our smaller schools in rural Minnesota to provide those services.
I championed ending Minnesota’s practice of collecting state income taxes on senior’s social security retirement pensions. We significantly reduced that tax this year. But we need to eliminate that practice all together on our senior’s social security pensions, like the 40 other plus states in the US. I will not rest until we get that done.
We also must adjust our state income tax regulations to appropriately conform with the recent changes to the federal income tax system. That will be a major task we face in January 2019. The current governor refused to cooperate.
I will work with which ever candidate is elected as the new governor. This about what is good for Minnesotan’s, not partisan bickering.
The single most important area we need to work on to reduce gun violence is improving our mental health and addiction treatment programs. A huge amount of our gun violence is a symptom of an unresolved mental health issue, very often complicated with a severe drug and/or alcohol addiction.
We are failing to deal with the people that are troubled and need help. The solution is to help them to get back to productive lives and make sure they do not have access to firearms while they are working through their treatment and recovery.
Minnesota should not be a sanctuary state. Those that enter illegally or overstay their visa/work permit are breaking the law, they should be turned over to the federal government for disposition.
For those that were brought here illegally as minors by their parents, we need to find a way to allow them to stay and eventually become citizens.
However, at the same time we must stop the illegal influx across our borders and get serious about sending people that overstay their visas/work permits back out of the country. Our country should be welcoming to those that follow the rules, but we must also enforce our immigration rules.