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Steve Simon
Steve Simon
Party: DFL
Residence: St. Louis Park, MN
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Statement from the candidate:
We need a stronger voice in the Minnesota House. Hopkins and St. Louis Park have been hit hard since the last election. Our schools and cities have sustained some of the largest cuts in the state. Meanwhile, legislative leaders are preoccupied with a divisive social agenda. We can do better. As a lifelong resident of Hopkins and St. Louis Park, and as a former Assistant Attorney General, I'll fight for strong schools, affordable health care, and better priorities for Minnesota. I have spent many years as an advocate for our community, and I would be honored to earn your support.

Attorney in private practice; born and raised in St. Louis Park and Hopkins; former Minnesota Assistant Attorney General; Temple Israel Congregation; St. Louis Park Community Education Advisory Council; TwinWest Chamber of Commerce; American Cancer Society; executive board, Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota.

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?