Statement from the candidate:
Our legislative process is polarized to the point of paralysis. Negotiation and consensus building have been abandoned. Civility and common sense are dead. I want to provide a dynamic middle ground, building solutions in a sensible center, using the best of what all parties offer. I will employ conflict resolution and mediation skills to find common ground and workable solutions. I will provide an independent voice that is not forced to vote along party lines; engage in productive debate with all colleagues, and treat all colleagues with respect. My legislative priorities are fiscal responsibility, economic growth, health care, education and transportation. .
Raised on Minnesota family farm. Graduate of College of St. Benedict. Advanced degrees from U of M and Syracuse University. College teacher and administrator. Administrator at New York State Office of Mental Health. Social service policy analyst in Washington DC. Consultant on behavioral health management. Volunteer in children’s services, elder services.
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?