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Campaign 2004

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Anne Nolan
Anne Nolan
District: 15A
Party: DFL
Residence: St. Cloud, MN
Web site:

Statement from the candidate:
Anne Nolan wants to be a real representative for Central Minnesota. She entered the race against incumbent Jim Knoblach because she wants to hold him accountable for his failure to deliver on priorities important to this district, especially Northstar Commuter Rail, an urgently needed project that will bring increased economic development and reduced commuting time to Central Minnesota's working families. Anne's priorities are:
* Building Northstar Commuter Rail.
* Solving the funding crises in education and health care, and valuing the work of the people who provide the teaching and care. As Paul Wellstone said, "We will have no real national security until we are willing to invest in the health, skills, and character of our children."
* Raising the state minimum wage.
* Stewardship of the environment, including sustainable farm policies that strengthen family farms.
* Enacting work/life balance measures, such as the Take Back Your Time public policy agenda:
- a state holiday on Election Day.
- paid family and medical leave for all workers.
- three weeks annual vacation for all workers.
- a cap on mandatory overtime after 48 hours worked (8 hours overtime). - part-time parity (equal, pro-rated wages and benefits for part-time workers).

Anne Nolan is a progressive attorney/MBA with a concentration in labor studies. She is the primary author of Good Jobs First's "Get Something Back! How Civic Engagement is Raising Economic Development Expectations in Minnesota," a former co-chair of the Great River Interfaith Partnership's (GRIP) livable-wage task force in St. Cloud, and a former president of her union local when she was a legal services attorney represented by the NOLSW/UAW. As a legal services attorney, Anne represented low-income family farmers fighting to keep their farms. Anne is married and the mother of three children ages 7, 3, and 8 months; not surprisingly, she is a strong supporter of work/life balance measures, and she serves on the advisory board of Take Back Your Time, a national work/life balance advocacy group. Anne's policy interests include:

* Workers’ rights, work/family balance, workplace communication, and workplace ethics.
* Sustainable economic development in the Midwest, including transportation, renewable energy, and living wages.
* Organizing traditionally non-union workers, including IT professionals, health care professionals, and women.
* Faith and labor coalitions and Catholic social teaching on economic justice.
Additional biographical information about Anne's work history and education can be found on the Background page of Anne's campaign website at

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?