When I was growing up, Minnesota was known as "The State That Works."
Today, party politics and personal agendas supersede the will of the people and the health of our state. Legislators focus on what they want, not what we need.
It's time we get back to the common good.
People are tired of dysfunctional government and undiplomatic behavior, whether it's Minnesota's 2011 government shutdown, heckling on the House floor, or gaveling down testifiers, we deserve better.
Focus on the issues most important to us and the future of our state
Replace ideology and misinformation with fact-based problem solving
I am working for you already. Even though not elected, I testified in committee hearings and met with legislators, commissioners, economists, elder statespeople and researchers to bring forward solutions to our most pressing problems.
Develop sound policies and ensure fiscal accountability
In 2010, when our state faced a $5 billion budget deficit, legislators (including the incumbent) continued to borrow and fund pet projects while eager to cut programs for students, seniors and those with special needs. While I worked to put $25 billion in hidden costs* on the books for regular review and analysis, the incumbent distributed literature stating we had a "budget surplus." We need someone who will face the facts and develop solutions. We need someone with experience outside of politics.
Protect public participation in government
Citizens calmly speaking at public hearings have been interrupted, demeaned and even gaveled down by the current representative. Legislators, including the incumbent, turned to holding "public hearings" where the public was not allowed to speak and opposed including public comments in redistricting criteria.
Represent you, our community and our state
Minnesota has had a rich history of electing people with real-world experience: businesspeople, doctors, nurses, teachers, farmers, attorneys, engineers... Our district deserves someone with experience outside of party politics; someone who will collaborate with others to develop solutions to our most important issues.
Together, we can make Minnesota The State That Works again.
for State Representative
Plymouth District 44A
*Minnesota has $25 billion in tax expenditures that are not reviewed. Let's put them on the books with the rest of the state's $37 billion budget. Let's make government more transparent. We also rarely review programs as we had traditionally done during an off budget year. Let's make government more efficient and effective, in part, by regularly reviewing programs for ROI.