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State House District 53B

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    Steve Sandell
    (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?

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I’ll work to make sure that children, young girls and women have comprehensive healthcare throughout their lives, that they can be confident of quality and timely care, and as adults they’ll control their reproductive rights.

I’ll work to expand early childhood education, school counseling, health and personal safety programs for girls and young women and promote female leadership in all school activities.

I'll work with unions, management, government, and financial institutions to ensure credit, wage and benefit equality, and advancement opportunities for women, and increase the presence of women on corporate boards.

I’ll work to make sure that high quality day care programs are available to all Minnesota families, with tuition on a sl
Children need to be healthy and secure to do well in school. Affordable and accessible healthcare is essential for young families and school-age children. Pre-school and early ed programs should be available for all kids. Adequate and attentive counseling programs need to be part of school services, K-12. Participation in after-school and extra-curricular activities should be encouraged, fees should not restrict participation. Funding should be expanded for summer, weekend and after-school enrichment activities. Results of the “community school” concept should be evaluated and expanded if appropriate. Cooperative programs among near-by schools (in theater, newspapers, student government for example) could be effective.
Minnesota’s tax policy needs reform. While most Minnesotans support the idea of a progressive tax policy, the Department of Revenue’s analysis published in 2017 indicates that the allocation of state and local taxes is slightly regressive when the total distribution of tax burden is considered.

Some legislators have proposed tax relief, but taking a tax cut now—while our roads and bridges, transit system, schools, care for our growing elderly population, infrastructure, and environmental all need attention—would seem to leave problems for generations to come.

I believe the state’s economy is strong enough to provide the services we need. It’s not new taxes we need, but it’s a reassessment of the tax burden that’s important to reform.
Common sense gun safety legislation is essential. I support universal background checks for all gun purchases and transfers. I would restrict the size of high-capacity magazines and the sale of bump-stocks. I would support legislation subsidizing gun safety programs offered by schools, retailers or state agency.

Attention to economic and social problems is just as important to eliminate the frustration and tragedy of gun violence. Discrimination in home purchases and employment practices should be addressed. Community policing and community-based programs and services should be encouraged. Protection from school, home and work place violence should be strengthened. We need a national commitment to solve this public health problem.
Our history of immigration policy has often been discriminatory and exploitive. We've benefitted from the diversity that immigration has brought to our population. Our resources are limited and a rule of law is necessary. But our attention should be on humane immigration policies. We should work with other countries to promote their social services, governmental policies and economic development that serves a greater number of their population, offers educational opportunities, and spreads the benefits of economic growth and the world's markets. This new global economy requires leadership, thoughtful and sensitive analysis, to provide the needs of its population. We should learn from our past and provide that leadership.