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Mike Starr
Mike Starr
Party: DFL
Residence: Oak Grove, MN
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Statement from the candidate:
My campaign slogan is "For Our Fair Share." As an independent thinking moderate Democrat I want to be part of the decision making matrix to improve the quality of life for the citizens of District 48A. We pay taxes and I want part of those tax payments to come back to our school districts in Elk River and ISD 15. I want to improve the economy, improve roads, and make health care accessible and affordable for all citizens .

- 1972 Graduate of St. Francis High School
- 1982 Graduate of Minot State University
- 1981 - BS Criminal Justice
- 25 years of military service
- retired in 1998
- Married with 3 sons
- ISD 15 School Board member

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?