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State House District 46B

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    Cheryl Youakim
    (DFL)

Biographical Information

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?

Campaign Phone (952) 240-2278
Twitter @CLYouakim
There are many challenges and barriers facing women. One place I would start would be equal access to education from STEM in K-12 to higher education. We need to tackle affordability to higher education with state backed loans and investment in our institutions. Affordable and accessible healthcare for women plays a large part in their success. Especially when heart disease, a preventable disease, is the number one killer of women in the United States. We need to expand MNCare, find ways to lower prescription costs and make sure women have the ability to control their healthcare decisions. Finally, I would reinstate and invest in the Minnesota Office on the Economic Status of Women so that we can have accurate data to good policy decisions.
I started my political career as an early childhood advocate and I am the wife of a veteran teacher so the topic of education is near and dear to me. Not only does Minnesota have a moral obligation to provide an equitable, quality public education it has a legal one - our MN State constitution requires it. Currently, when inflation is included, we are still at 2003 funding levels. We need to invest in our K-12 system by increasing the formula and to make up for the special education cross-subsidy hole. We also need to increase our community education levy to fund programs like Early Childhood and Family Education. And we need to increase teacher pay to keep quality teachers as well as work on policies to help hire more teachers of color.
I would do both as well as supporting and investing in our local governments. Our city councils, county boards and school districts are incubators for some of the best public policy to move Minnesota forward. During the last legislative biennium, there were 55+ bills to remove local control from city councils, county boards and school boards. I was a defender and a voice for local control. I have learned how important local decisions can be after serving 9 years on the Hopkins City Council. We need to work with our local partners to tackle income inequality and tax policies.
I support, and have signed onto, legislation to require background checks on all gun sales. I also have supported red flag legislation to keep guns away from those who would harm themselves or others. Minnesotans overwhelmingly support background checks, and not moving a bill forward last session was one of the biggest missed opportunities of the session.
U.S. immigration policy is in the purview of our U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. That being said, I do support a pathway to citizenship for those in our country already and policies that would protect DACA. Immigrants are an important fabric of our community and are part of the future of our great state.