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Campaign 2004

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Lynne Osterman
Lynne Osterman
Party: GOP
Residence: New Hope, MN
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Statement from the candidate:
Citizen participation in the legislature is vitally important, and I appreciate the opportunity to serve my community in this capacity. My biggest motivator for running this year is to focus on priorties for our state, helping to finish work I felt was left undone during my first term: we need a long-term plan to support public education from pre-K through higher education; we need a plan to support job growth in our state (government is not currently a complement to job growth, rather, too often it's an outright deterrent); we need to further advance a transportation plan to maintain and grow our infrastructure, incorporating mass transit to our long-term advantage; and we need to implement health care cost-savings efforts.

Lynne Osterman has been married to Ron Osterman for 17 years, and resides with him and their two children in New Hope. She's a school volunteer, a volunteer in New Hope Women of Today, a member of House of Hope Lutheran Church, a Northwest YMCA board member, and is an active supporter of her children's athletic teams. Lynne serves on the Governor's Workforce Development Council and is on a task force of the Governor's Bioscience Council. In the Legislature, Lynne serves on the Jobs Finance, Commerce and Economic Development, and Regulated Industries committees. She has focused on affordable housing and job creation issues, with special emphasis in the biosciences industry, actively helping to educate her peers on this emerging market sector and leading the passage of bioscience legislation.

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?