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Campaign 2004

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Barb Goodwin
Rep. Barb Goodwin
Party: DFL
Residence: Columbia Heights, MN
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Statement from the candidate:
I am running for a third two-year term in the Minnesota House to continue my work on jobs, consumer protections, education, transit and health care. Prioritizing the state budget to reflect the real needs in the state and bringing more openness and accountability to the legislative process are also important to me

I serve on Education, Commerce, Economic Development and Tourism Committees. Serving second term. Was Director of House DFL Research for 10 years and as Director of Legislative Services for MAPE for four years. I also worked in children's mental health field. I am 55, married for 34 years and have two adult, married children. I graduated from Hamline University, summa cum laude, in 1985 and prior to that from North Hennepin Community College. I also attended MN Government courses at Humphrey Institute.

During this term, I worked against offshore outsourcing of MN jobs; preventing bullying in schools; accountability in state contracting practices, and protecting consumers from shoddy home construction and repairs.

I enjoy representing the good people of Columbia Heights, Fridley, Hilltop and St. Anthony Village.

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?