|Residence:||St. Paul, MN|
Statement from the candidate:
have wish to help end the present Minnesota government's injustice of balancing the budget on the backs of the poor, disabled, elderly and children. I will immediately work for the restoration of cuts to cities, counties, and state health and welfare programs. Introduce legislation for a health plan for all Minnesotans. Legislate for full funding of of K-12 education from the states general fund, without using any property tax. Fund scholarships to Minnesota state colleges for students who earn a B+ average in high school. Also scholarships at a decreasing level for lower averages of students that still qualify for a state college. 60% being the minimum scholarship.I would have the minimum wage in Minnesota raised to $8.00 per hour. I would raise the gas tax and change the MN Constitution to allow for a percentage of the tax to go to mass transit. This includes subsidies for intercity mass transit throughout the state. I will strongly support enviormental legislation with mercury pollution as an immediate emphasis. I will seek reperations for the Native Americans and Afreican Americans of Minnesota.I would seek an equal rights amendments for the Minnesoata Constitution. One for women. The other recognizing the eaual rights for same sex couples to marry and have all the rights of married couples Finally I would make the state income tax more progressive with the top 15% of income earners providing additional funds to budget. Peace to you, Roger Westall
Roger Westall has lived in the Twin Cities for 25 years. He moved here after attaining a B.A. degree in History from Yankton College, Yankton SD in 1974.He attended United Theological Seminary in New Brighton, MN for the 1975-6 academic year. Roger was previously a lay leader at North United Methodist Church in Minnesota. He presently is active at Macalester Plymouth United Church in St Paul. He has helpe lead youth education, assisted with local and foreign mission efforts and is on the steering commitee of the church's Peacemaking group. His past jobs included running a Christian bookstore meant to serve the needs of a wide variety of denominations. His present job is as a part-time dispatcher at Park"N Fly. He did all this while facing the challenge of recurring major depression episodes. Recent years of work have brought stablization to this health proglem. As a long supporter of progressive causes and candidates the time has come to fight for the causes by representing the Green Party of St Paul and the people of Legislative District 67b. In the past he has supported Green Party candidates, volunteered with the Green Party and was a delegate to state conventions. This year he was a delegate for the 4th Congressional District at the national Green Party convention.
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?