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State House District 41B

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    Mary Kunesh-Podein

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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?

Wage equity is certainly a priority. As women enter and become more competitive in greater numbers across the work force, studies show that their wage has historically declined regardless of their education, work experience, skills, race, and geography. As author of HF3257:Gender equality under the law provided, and constitutional amendment proposed, directly faces inequities women face in Minnesota.Ensuring that Minnesota supports policy and legislation that mirror the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which promises to end discrimination, ensures equality, and fights against all realms of violence is also a high priority for me as a woman and a legislator.
The Minnesota legislature holds our future in their hands and the responsibility for success in our classrooms. It is our responsibility to provide the strongest educational foundation so all students, no matter where they live throughout our state. will be ready for the brightest future possible. The priority of our state government must be to fully fund equitable, quality public education for all children in Pre-K through grade 12. I am a strong supporter of community schools that provide wrap around services for all members of our communities such as mental health services, dental and medical care.
As we look to reduce inequality, one of the major components needs to be tax policy. Business and corporations are a vital partner in creating vibrant communities and overall state success. I am interested in taking a deep dive into tax policy to ensure that everyone is paying their fair. It may be a natural consequence that an outcome will be the necessity to address income inequality. Supporting a strong living wage, easy and affordable access to health services. Home ownership goes hand-in-hand with these issues as well. I am dedicated to addressing issues that impact all Minnesotans.

Public safety is the responsibility of state legislators. I support a ban on assault weapons in Minnesota, universal background checks, and will always resists dangerous “Stand Your Ground” bills. As an educator, I understand the value of data-based research; surprisingly often missing from decision making in the legislature. I will support the funding for our public institutions to do research on gun violence and vote affirmatively on common sense law that enables law enforcement and family members to petition a court to prohibit an individual from possessing firearms if a judge finds they pose a significant danger to themselves or others.
I want a Minnesota that is strong, safe, and welcoming for all immigrants with efficient processes for legal citizenship or residency. Minnesota’s economy thrives when our work force is safe, therefore I support drivers’ licenses for all, an initiative that keeps our roads safe while ensuring that people can get to work and meet the needs of their families. It is not the responsibility of our law enforcement to serve as an extension of ICE. Minnesota jails and prisons cannot be used as holding or detention centers.