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Tom Rukavina
Tom Rukavina
District: 5A
Party: DFL
Residence: Virginia, MN
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Statement from the candidate:
I am running for re-election because I believe in the working men and women of this state and feel they need people at the legislature who fight for their right to make a decent living, earn decent benefits and get paid a fair wage for their contributions to society. A good public education for our children begins that quest for a decent wage and that's why educational oportunities for all Minnesotans is a top priority for me at the Capitol.We've shortchanged the middle/working class and our kids the last 6 years,we need a DFL majority in the House to get Minnesota back on the path of prosperity.

Born in Virginia Mn. Reside in rural Virginia. Member of Mn. House of Reps. for 9 terms. Former township officer and school board member. Active in DFL politics for 34 years. Graduate of UMD with BA in Pol. Science with history minor.

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?