State House District 20B
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What, if any, specific steps will you take to address inequalities facing women in our state?
What should government do, if anything, to provide an equitable, quality public education for all children pre-K through grade 12?
In building a vibrant economy in our state, would you emphasize reforming tax policies, addressing income inequality, or something else?
What steps, if any, should be taken to curb gun violence in our state?
What is your position on current U.S. immigration policy and what, if any, changes do you propose?
I support efforts to achieve gender equity in Minnesota. If elected, I will work to I pass Paid Family Leave. Paid Family Leave will benefit any worker who is trying to keep a job and care for their loved one at the same time. PFL will provide time to care for and bond with a new baby or to care for a loved one. This policy will be helpful for men and women, but it will be particularly helpful for women who choose to be, or need to be, in caregiving roles. Paid Family Leave will help women keep their jobs and not be punished for providing care for their families. This will be one concrete step towards gender equity.
The per-pupil funding rate has not kept up with inflation for a long time. Fully funding our schools is key for racial equity and also for ensuring that necessary funding is making its way to Greater Minnesota. Beyond funding, the community school model is a showing promise as a way to address the achievement and opportunity gaps in our state. This is a model that allows that school to be a site that provides community services for families. This can go a long way to ensuring that students from low income families have the basic needs met that will allow them to focus on learning once they get to school.
I believe that we want our economy to be strong from the bottom up. I support a $15 minimum wage. Full time work should provide a living. Those wages will also move through our economy for basic needs and services, strengthening the foundation of our economy. I also support moving towards a more progressive tax structure. Tax reform efforts have focused on lowering the tax burden for the wealthiest among us and the largest corporations. I think this is the wrong direction. We need the largest companies and the wealthiest to pay their fair share as we fund the basic services we need for the common good.
I believe we need to enact common sense firearm legislation for our safety. I support criminal background checks on all gun purchases and enacting red flag laws. We don't want firearms in the hands of those who have a criminal background. We need to close the gun show loophole for background checks. For their own safety, and for the safety of others, we also don't want those who may be going through a mental health crisis to have access to firearms.
First, immigration is a federal policy issue, and we need federal immigration reform. Second, I believe immigrants should be treated with dignity. I'm against parents being separated from their children at the border and in our own communities. The way that immigration laws are being enforced are inhumane. I support separation ordinances that make clear the roles and responsibilities of federal authorities and local authorities when it comes to immigration. I also think we need to think about immigration in the context of the worker shortage we are facing in Minnesota. We need workers. We should see immigrants as part of the solution to the economic challenges we face and craft legislation accordingly.
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