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Jim Pithan
District:49A
Party: DFL
Residence: Ham Lake, MN
Web site: www.pithanforhouse.cjb.net


Candidacy Statement:
Our current legislators have cut funding for programs that provided the greatest returns and have jeopardized the future and safety of our children. With two school age children I want to make sure they get the education and services they need to be successful in the future. All of us benefit from the investment in early childhood programs and affordable healthcare. Drawing quality, good paying jobs to Minnesota is not done through corporate tax credits but by maintaining a high quality of life and a state wide climate that provides well educated, hardworking Minnesotans to fill their job needs.  Together we can restore balance and common sense to the State Legislature. Together we can cast our votes and create jobs, negotiate lower healthcare costs, educate our children and improve transportation in our cities. With your support we can put Minnesota back on the right track.

Biography:
Employed as a senior administrative assistant in Hennepin County. Was in the corrections field for 12 years. Member of the U.S. Army Reserve. Currently assigned to the 3rd Brigade, 84th Training Division Logistics Officer, Ft. Snelling, MN. Member St. Paul Catholic Church. Little League Helper . Family Support Group Coordinator . My experience in county government and with the military has given me a broad background in leadership, communication, fiscal planning and decision making.

On the Issues:
Should increased taxes be considered as part of a solution to a projected budget deficit?

Yes
Should gambling be expanded in Minnesota to generate new revenue for the state?

No
Should state funds — directly or indirectly — be used to build new sports facilities for the Twins and Vikings?

No
Do you support Gov Pawlenty's JOBZ zones program?

No
Should K-12 spending in Minnesota be curtailed in order to balance a projected budget deficit?

No
Should a constitutional amendment be presented to voters that would ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota?

No
Should the state spend money for expanding mass transit options in Minnesota?

Yes
Should there be additional restrictions on abortion in Minnesota?

No
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?

Yes
Should the state's subsidized health care program be trimmed in order to reduce a projected budget deficit?

No