Most importantly, parents must be in the driver’s seat when it comes to making educational decisions for their children. I will fight against unfunded mandates and one-size-fits-all policies because these mandates and policies burden residents with higher property taxes and neglect to recognize the differences across communities statewide.
I want to empower families and the teachers who know your child/children best. I believe that expanding school choice will allow parents to choose the education program that best fits their kids and will help those students succeed, irrespective of their zip code. Minnesota schools need to prioritize keeping the best teachers in the classroom. This means teachers should be evaluated on their performance and not just on seniority. I will fight to make it easier for parents, school district officials, and school administrators to keep the best teachers in the classroom.
I believe that we need to use every tool in Minnesota’s toolbox to achieve energy independence, grow our economy, and reduce pollution. Minnesota can set the gold standard on cleaner and cheaper energy.
Obama-Dayton energy policies have increased energy costs for Minnesota families and businesses. I will work to identify solutions to rein in federal policies to get government out of the way to help foster an energy and economic boom in our state. Furthermore, an all-of-the-above energy strategy that utilizes our diverse portfolio is crucial to ensure that our region remains globally competitive.
Minnesota is blessed with beautiful natural resources – including our many lakes. We have a duty to preserve our environment for the next generation. I will work to ensure that lawmakers prioritize solutions to keep our local environment safe and clean without imposing undue burdens on our growing economy.
Governor Dayton and DFLers in the Legislature have created a tax climate that hurts hardworking Minnesota families and stifles job creation. I will fight for tax relief for families and businesses so that Minnesotans can keep more of their hard-earned dollars. Furthermore, we must embrace a tax code that allows our economy to grow, innovate, and reinvest.
Minnesota needs to focus its transportation dollars on improving our transportation infrastructure, such as our roads and bridges. Carver County’s short-term and long-term transportation needs don’t benefit from the wasteful and inefficient proposed Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT) line. The SWLRT project also extends the reach of the unelected Metropolitan Council into Carver County. I will fight against the misguided SWLRT project, and oppose any new gas taxes on Minnesota families and businesses.
Minnesota has a proud and rich tradition of family farms, and one out of five jobs in Minnesota is agriculture-related. Obama-Dayton policies have harmed farmers and agribusinesses through burdensome regulations and an outdated tax code, including the death tax. I will fight for our farmers and agribusinesses by working to roll back unnecessary regulations, lower tax burdens, and eliminate the death tax.
The implementation of Obamacare in Minnesota has increased costs for families, imposed obstacles to access, and put the private information of Minnesotans at risk. We should stop spending taxpayer dollars on MNsure, which has already cost taxpayers over $250 million. Instead, I will fight for reforms that increase access to quality care, improve competition, and encourage transparency in health care costs. These reforms will make healthcare more affordable and will place Minnesota families in charge of their healthcare—not bureaucrats in Washington and St. Paul.
While policies implemented by the Obama and Dayton administrations have made things more difficult for Minnesotans, we are succeeding in spite of those policies because of the ingenuity and hard work of everyday Minnesotans. Instead of embracing the same old tax and spend liberal agenda, we need to have a new tax code that fits our new vision of innovation and growth, not the same failed ideas of the past.
If we can remove the obstacles imposed by government, we can be the leaders we know ourselves to be. We can create a business climate that creates more high-paying jobs, allows innovation to flourish, and puts us in the position to be the envy of every state in this country as the best place to live and raise a family.
The 2nd Amendment is your guaranteed right to keep and bear arms, and that doesn’t just mean hunting rifles and shotguns. This right is under attack by liberals at every level of government. President Obama and his DFL supporters in the Minnesota Legislature and Governor’s office are relentless in their efforts to weaken our sacred rights under the U.S. Constitution.
My voice and advocacy for our 2nd Amendment rights will be unwavering. When Governor Dayton and the DFL try to erode our rights, I will stand in their way. When there are efforts to further protect our rights, I will help lead the way.