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Bud Heidgerken

Rep. Bud Heidgerken
Party: Republican
Residence: Freeport, MN
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Statement from the candidate:
Rural Minnesota iniatives are the reason for running. In two years I have learned about the importance of being in the majority. It has given me the opportunity to author and get legislation passed for our nursing homes, dairy farmers, ethanol plants, small business, and rural schools.

Married to Ann Blommel with four children: Scott, Holly, Kyle, Brent. Former owner of Charlie's Cafe (16 yrs) and teacher at Belgrade, Brooten and Elosa for 20 years. Served on Brooten and Freeport City Councils and a former schoolboard chair and Trustee of St.Donatus Church. Served on over 25 boards many of which I'm still active on.

On the Issues:
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?