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Colin Berg

Colin Berg
District: 20B
Party: Republican
Residence: Olivia, MN
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Statement from the candidate:
The major issues in this campaign are cost of health care, including health insurance, prescription drugs, and long-term care; jobs and economic development in rural Minnesota; and public school funding, especially in rural schools. The solutions will require strong leadership, the ability to work with legislators on both sides of the political aisle, and the initiative and committment to see that the work of the legislature gets done. We need to set aside political rhetoric and do what's best for the state of Minnesota.

*Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural education from the University of Minnesota
*Agricultural educator and consultant for 23 years
*Member of Corn Growers, Soybean Growers, and Farm Bureau
*Community - Member of Olivia Lions and Guideons Int'l
*Church - Church treasurer, choir member, part-time Sunday school teacher
*Other - Involved with promotion of renewable fuels for 10+ years

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?