As a father to two daughters, I feel strongly about addressing inequalities facing women. I support equal rights and opportunities for everyone. This includes opportunities for women owned businesses and career growth. I will advocate to address and prevent violence towards women, as well as, to prevent human trafficking.
I support local control for schools. All kids should have the opportunity to attend pre-k, but it should not be mandatory. I don’t support standardized learning. Schools should be allowed to teach the programs and use methods best suited for them - trades, apprenticeships, technology allowing students to learn at their own pace, etc. Rural schools need equal funding. We can fully fund our schools, without raising taxes, by correcting the mismanagement of our school trust funds. The largest threat to our state budget, including education, is the increasing cost of healthcare. Last year, HHS cost more than the entire state budget in 2000. The rising cost of healthcare must be addressed through competition and price transparency.
We must lower taxes for all tiers of earners, and regulations to compete with other States, and attract jobs, instead of pushing them out. We are now ranked the least tax friendly state in the country. Our taxes and regulations are causing companies looking to expand to go elsewhere. While our country’s economy is booming, MN’s job creation rate has trailed behind the national average 12 out of the past 12 months. Many seniors are also claiming residency in lower tax States. In addition, if MN does not conform to the new federal code, we will see our taxes increase by $1.5 billion dollars over the next couple of years. The new federal code decreases people’s taxes, but we will not realize the benefits, if MN’s taxes remain unchanged.
Over 75% of gun deaths are a result of suicide. We should continue to support mental health funding, education and outreach, especially for our children. Our society should reject the media’s glorification of violence, especially in the aftermath of tragedies such as school shootings. Media continues to perpetuate violence by rebroadcasting stories of troubled youth who commit terrible acts and this resonates with children who are suffering from depression and leads to copycat acts of violence. Our Constitution is clear in prohibiting government from infringing on freedom of the press and the right to bear arms. MN Lawmakers swear an oath to uphold the US Constitution and therefore cannot make laws restricting the right to bear arms.
I support reform to US immigration policy, including a major increase of controlled, points-based immigration to ensure synergy of our immigration and economic policies, and addressing DACA. We are a nation of laws, and without those laws we are not a nation. Laws are what bind all people living in a community. They are in place to protect our safety, and ensure our rights against abuses by other people, by organizations, and by the government itself. People immigrate to our country because of the opportunity and protection our Constitution and our laws provide them. State lawmakers take an oath to uphold the US Constitution and cannot choose to ignore Federal laws and become a sanctuary State.