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These are the areas of responsibility that I will concentrate on.
I will work to make sure our community, and state, has a Business Friendly environment. We need more job opportunities and lower prices for consumers. The government needs to get out of the way and let our small businesses grow. Our tax policy is out of step with our neighboring states making Minnesota less competitive.
Crime has been expanding outward from the Twin Cities and Blaine and Lexington have not been exempt. We hear almost every day of an assault, a robbery, or a catalytic converter being stolen. Last year there were over 130 homicides reported. We have to get back to the rule of law where we hold the criminals accountable. I am working with our Chief of Police, our Sheriff, and our local law enforcement to keep our communities safe.
We must consider how to plan for more residents. We are expanding, and we have to plan for this expansion. Blaine and Lexington should be communities that are a sought-after place to live. That means better, more well maintained roads, not trains. This means addressing the needs of Highway 65, our vital link between the Twin Cities and our neighborhoods.
Read more about the plans for Highway 65 here.
I am Pro-Life, and this begins with acknowledging the sanctity of birth as well as working across all the spectrums of our community to foster dignity, respect, and safety. I believe that life begins at conception, and that children should have personhood.
Our education system has to get back to the basics of education. Education spending accounts for nearly 40 percent of general fund appropriations,
leading all categories of spending in the state’s budget. In 2021 only 53% of students met grade level reading standards. I have supported the LETRS program for our schools to help our children get the help they need.
As a business leader I know how to balance a budget and read a P&L. Minnesota does not have a revenue problem, we have a tax problem. Minnesota collects more taxes than it should, and the answer is not to find “creative ways” to spend your money, we need to permanently decrease the tax burden on every Minnesota tax payer. Minnesota is in the Top Five highest taxed states. We need long term solutions, not gimmicks.
I have been a permit to carry instructor for 17 years. I am a life member in the NRA and MN Gun Owners Caucus. I am also a DNR firearms safety instructor and I teach the F.I.R.S.T program. I don’t just talk about being Pro-2A, I live it and have spread the message to thousands of students.
Minnesotans who have worked their whole lives, and paid taxes and Social Security, should be able to retire here, where their children and grandchildren are. Minnesota is only 1 of 12 states that tax Social Security when it is paid out. I will work to eliminate this tax.
We must encourage a patient-centered health care marketplace with price transparency to lower the cost of healthcare for families and small business owners. This focus must also include the need for more comprehensive mental health counseling and support.
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