I am pro-life and pro-traditional marriage, pro-fiscal responsibility and accountability, pro-reform of K-12 funding, pro-second amendment rights, pro-hunting, fishing and gathering rights, and pro-property rights.
I am honest and hard working and have helped hundreds of my constituents solve various problems and overcome challenges during my tenure. 2005-06 will be another challenge for all of us. First, I want to be fiscally responsible - without raising taxes; at least that is what you have told me to do. Next, I want to help overhaul the K-12 education funding formula. When local and state funding ranges from $5200 per student to $16,000 per student, we have a problem, It is time to let go of "status quo" in education.
I look forward to working with parents, teachers, school boards
and others to adopt a formula that is understandable to the public
and that is fair and equitable. Furthermore, the new formula should
be logically linked to and stimulate student learning plus elevate
school accountability. And it needs to foster community engagement
and encourage creativity by educators. In addition my 200-06 platform
stresses health care reform that empowers the consumer and allows for more options such health savings accounts.
Lower prescription drug costs will help all of us, but we need
a system that keeps our local pharmacies in business. Ur. agriculture
industry in central Minnesota needs to return to former days by
placing more focus on value-added products and providing incentives
for the production of livestock and dairy. Finally, I will continue
with cities and counties to provide incentives to bring business and industry to Central Minnesota, for I want families working and living here, not living here and then traveling south to work.
You can trust my leadership.
|Should increased taxes be considered as part of a solution to a projected budget deficit?
|Should gambling be expanded in Minnesota to generate new revenue for the state?
|Should state funds — directly or indirectly — be used to build new sports facilities for the Twins and Vikings?
|Do you support Gov Pawlenty's
JOBZ zones program?
|Should K-12 spending in Minnesota be curtailed in order to balance a projected budget deficit?
|Should a constitutional amendment be presented to voters that would ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota?
|Should the state spend money for expanding mass transit options in Minnesota?
|Should there be additional restrictions on abortion in Minnesota?
|Should the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, which seeks to protect wildlife habitat and wetlands by paying farmers for taking marginal lands out of agriculture production, be supported?
|Should the state's subsidized health care program be trimmed in order to reduce a projected budget deficit?