Issues

Jobs and the Economy

Government does not create jobs. It is government’s responsibility to create a healthy environment for job growth by reducing tax and regulatory burdens that are currently stifling Minnesota businesses. As I talk to business owners, particularly in the manufacturing industry, they have shared that the permitting process can take upwards of two years to get the permits necessary to build or expand. We need critical tax reform and tax reductions to make Minnesota more competitive. We also need to eliminate burdensome regulations that make it difficult for businesses to grow and succeed. To this end, a version of my bill to reduce the statewide business property tax was included in our bipartisan Tax bill in 2016 that would have exempted the first $100,000 of business property taxes for businesses throughout Minnesota.

Fiscal Responsibility

Minnesota families are already stretched to the limit and pay enough of their hard-earned income in taxes. Many government programs are on auto-pilot to spend more than we take in, we must reform government to be more efficient and effective to provide better services at lower costs. I support lower taxes and fiscal responsibility in state spending by closely examining our government programs to eliminate fraud, abuse and duplicative services because government needs to live within its means. Our reserves are full, and we need to prioritize wisely to balance the state budget - just like Minnesota families do with their household budgets. In the 2013 legislative session, the DFL-controlled legislature increased taxes by more than $2 billion, hurting Minnesota businesses and families. I authored legislation to repeal three business-to-business taxes that were passed into law in 2013: warehouse tax, farm equipment repair tax, and telecommunications tax, and I'm pleased that those taxes were successfully repealed in 2014. Unfortunately, Governor Dayton vetoed our bipartisan Tax bill passed in 2016. I remain committed to supporting tax relief for businesses anf families in the upcoming session.

World-Class Education

District 196 is a leader in innovation and fiscal responsibility. We have excellent teachers, and we need to give them the tools and authority to give our students the best opportunity to reach their full potential. I support policies and innovative ways to ensure that we can attract and retain the best teachers. I support school choice to give parents the flexibility to provide their children with the educational opportunities that work best for their families. We need to ensure our suburban schools are fairly funded and that our education dollars are being spent wisely with a focus on student achievement and success. As a former Personal Care Attendant, I believe that it is important to effectively fund our Special Education programs. Borrowing from our schools to balance the state budget is wrong, and as a member of the Minnesota House Education Finance and Education Policy Committees, fought to pay back our schools - which I am pleased are now fully paid back.

Affordable Health Care

Minnesota has always been recognized for our world-class quality health care system. The implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) here in Minnesota, known as MNSure, has shown to be a disaster and threatens to undo our world-class quality. I support repeal of the ACA and MNSure, and I support reforms such as free-market competition, vouchers, and health savings accounts to make health care more affordable and accessible while ensuring that consumers remain in control of their own health care decisions. As a former Personal Care Attendant, I believe we need greater efficiency and integrity in our public assistance programs, while ensuring a safety net for our most vulnerable citizens.

Transportation

Maintaining a safe and reliable road and bridge infrastructure in Minnesota is critical to allowing families to get to work, school and recreational outings. I support prioritizing our transportation dollars for roads and bridges as well as providing a real, long-term solution without increasing taxes on Minnesota families. We need to dedicate taxes that Minnesotans already pay (license tab fees, rental car taxes and auto parts sales tax) and apply those funds to our roads and bridges rather than depositing them into the general fund.

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