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Campaign 2004

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Bev Scalze
Bev Scalze
District: 54A
Party: DFL
Residence: Little Canada, MN
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Statement from the campaign:
I want to use my experience as a six-term City Council member and small-business owner/operator to work together with all forms of government. I believe our economy needs affordable health insurance and quality public education to stay viable, as well as transportation, including roads and other options for the future.

I have been a homeowner in District 54B for 30 years, and own and operate a small business with my husband, Bob. We have raised two children, both of whom have graduated from the University of Minnesota. I was elected to six terms on the Little Canada City Council, and was part of the team that lowered the city's taxes from one of the highest in the '80s to the seventh-lowest of 19 Ramsey County cities in 2001. I am a past-president (elected) of Ramsey County League of Local Governments, and have folunteered for many community organizations.

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?