As a former Legislative Leader of the Minnesota Women’s March, and an active advocate for the Minnesota State ERA, women’s rights and issues are central to my values and my candidacy. I will strongly promote the adoption of ERA provisions, uphold and expand on existing law such as WESA, and pay particular attention to issues of housing, transportation, childcare, eldercare, employment training, hiring, promotion and retention, as they affect women. Those with intersectional status – that is, women with disabilities, women of color and indigenous peoples, those who are homeless or insecurely housed, face even greater systemic disadvantages and I will seek opportunities to create equity.
Educational funding should be a top priority for the entire state, as well as for the federal government. Minnesota has been a leader in using formulas to adjust for municipal differences in school funding that is based on differences in property values across cities and rural areas. In 2013, policies were put in place to restore school funding and provide for more equitable distribution of funds across the state. That kind of policy needs to be reinstated and expanded. Special education as well as all-day kindergarten, and inclusion of school services and programs that address the whole child and family – such as food and health programs – should be part of every Minnesota school.
Reforming tax policies are one key component of addressing income inequality – you can’t have one without the other. Tax policies that allow very wealthy citizens to amass even greater wealth, and that allow major corporations to “hide” assets overseas, contribute to income inequality by imposing a greater burden of taxation on those who can less afford it – professionals, tradesmen, and lower-wage workers. But tax policy by itself isn’t enough to address income inequality – the latter is far more complex and must involve changes in employment laws and wages (for example, provision of a living wage) – as well as changes that affect living expenses.
As a candidate who was awarded a certificate of distinction from Moms Demand Action and Protect Minnesota, the foremost organizations advocating for sensible gun safety policies, I strongly support those legislative agendas – including universal background checks, restriction of guns to individuals with a history of domestic violence or other assaultive behavior, and banning “bump stocks”, for example.
There is widespread bipartisan agreement that current U.S. immigration policy is highly dysfunctional. The League of Women Voters’ recommendations regarding changes in U.S. immigration policy are excellent and I strongly support the introduction of “a federal immigration law that provides an efficient, expeditious system for legal entry of immigrants into the United States including the DREAM ACT, policies to improve economies, education, job opportunities and living conditions in nations with large emigrating populations provisions for unauthorized immigrants already in the country to earn legal status, and so much more.