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Candidate positions: Lee Byberg

The following positions reflect those used for Lee Byberg in the Select A Candidate survey. They come from the candidate's public statements, Web sites, and responses to Minnesota Public Radio questionnaires. In some cases, candidiates have failed to respond to inquiries, and their position is noted as "No known opinion."


Issue Question Candidate Position
Jobs and economy What should the federal government do to stimulate job creation and economic development? ANSWER OPTION
The very first thing the Congress should do is pass an actual budget, which has not happened in over 3 years. Without a budget agreement, the appropriations process is totally out of control, leading to years of trillion dollar deficits, and projections of trillions more. Reforming the tax code should be the very next step, streamlining the current unwieldy system.

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Federal deficit Where are three specific areas where federal spending should be cut? Are there any specific areas where federal spending should be increased? ANSWER OPTION
The first thing we should do is quit bailing out failing companies, and subsidizing others which cannot prove themselves in the marketplace. We have wasted billions of dollars in recent years doing just that. We should wind down the wars and the billions more we spend overseas. Third, we should prohibit earmarks.

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Bush-era tax cuts Do you support extending the Bush-era tax cuts? If so, all of them? ANSWER OPTION
Yes, but only as a stopgap. We should reform the tax code and eliminate the death tax, which harms small businesses and farmers.

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Farm Bill Do you support the farm bill passed by the Senate and awaiting action in the House? ANSWER OPTION
No. Instead, I support the $383 million version passed by the House in August -- with the exception of the supply management provisions regarding dairy producers.

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Social Security What should be done with the Social Security program? ANSWER OPTION
Reform it for people under age 55 in order to make it solvent into the foreseeable future.

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Health Care What types of changes should be made in the health care system? ANSWER OPTION
Obamacare should be repealed. In our district we need to focus on ensuring greater access to providers and more health care options for people. Leveraging innovations such as telemedicine will increase access and reduce costs.

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Medicare What changes, if any, would you support in Medicare? ANSWER OPTION
First, I would vote to scrap Obamacare, which steals over $700 billion from the Medicare program. Long-term we have to reform the system for younger recipients to ensure solvency. I support a system that looks similar to the one members of Congress have.

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Education What changes would you make to federal education policy? ANSWER OPTION
Federal education policy has largely failed. Since President Jimmy Carter created the Department of Education in the 1970s, hundreds of programs and mandates have been created in order to improve student and teacher performance. During that time, performance has stagnated.

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Energy policy What changes would you make to federal energy policy? ANSWER OPTION
The government should quit subsidizing energy production, be it conventional or non-conventional. In turn, permitting should be much easier for energy production, and federal lands should be made accessible for drilling for oil and gas. America can be energy independent if we exploit our natural resources (oil, gas, biofuel, etc.), and our economy will benefit from cheaper energy.

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Environment Should the federal government's environmental protection efforts be changed? If so, how? ANSWER OPTION
The EPA should be overhauled so that environmental protection is not just a code word for restricting economic and job growth.

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"The federal government is much better at being an impediment to economic growth than actually protecting the environment," Byberg said in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Abortion Where do you stand on legalized abortion? ANSWER OPTION
I oppose it.

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Marriage Should same-sex marriage be legal? ANSWER OPTION
No.

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Immigration What are your views concerning immigration? ANSWER OPTION
I support legal immigration and guest workers.

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"My parents were legal immigrants to our country, and the vast majority of our citizens are the descendants of immigrants," Byberg said in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
American Crystal Sugar What would you do to end the contract stalemate at American Crystal Sugar? ANSWER OPTION
I would strongly encourage negotiations between the parties. In general I oppose government-imposed solutions to contract disputes.

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