Supporting Local Small Businesses
As a third generation owner of a small family business, I know the challenges Minnesotans are facing. Lack of government action on issues such as infrastructure, health-care, and big corporate handouts have made the struggles of small business owners all too-real. We need a voice who will fight for workers and entrepreneurs, not big corporations.
Now some say the solution to is to cut taxes and slash regulations. As a small business owner myself, I can tell you, they could not be more wrong. Businesses only thrive if they're in a thriving community, and tax cuts harm public projects that benefit the whole community, while giving billions to mega-corporations like Walmart and Amazon. The evidence bears this out. Thanks to great infrastructure, good schools, and high quality of life, Minnesota is ranked the 13th "Best State for Business" by Forbes. Meanwhile Wisconsin, where Scott Walker has cut taxes, slashed regulations, and devastated unions, is ranked 33rd. The evidence is clear. Unregulated, untaxed markets help mega-corporations, not citizens and small businesses.
Quality Education for Every Minnesotan
Good schools help everyone in the community. They boost the economy. They improve our democracy. And as a father I know that they give our children a bright future. That's why we need to end the policies that have caused schools like Apple Valley to face million dollar deficits.
Our children are our most precious resource. If we provide them the tools, their future will be bright. We need to invest in our children, our schools, and our community.
But education isn't a one size-fits all game. That's why I support increasing access to trade schools, internship programs, and magnet schools. These programs help give students and families choices that best fit their dreams, situations, and careers.
Sustainable Energy and a Safe Environment
Some of Minnesota's most precious treasures are our clean air and beautiful lakes. We as Minnesotans value our natural treasures and know we need to preserve and protect them. Protecting our environment helps all Minnesotans. Cleaner air helps combat rising childhood asthma. Reducing emissions help farmers who are facing increasing field flooding. Water pollution ruins the fishing and game-hunting populations that Minnesotan sportsmen enjoy. And investing in renewable energy creates high quality jobs. Together we can make Minnesota safer and secure our energy independence.
We all agree that pollution, unclear air, and dangerous water, aren't good for anybody. I'll work with people on both sides of the aisle to ensure Minnesotans have common-sense solutions to protect their state.
Affordable Healthcare For All Minnesotans
As a small business owner I know healthcare isn't just a problem for our families but also for our economy. Healthcare must be affordable and accessible for everyone. Unfortunately, our healthcare system is failing. D.C. politicians refuse to stabilize the market and Republicans in St. Paul reluctantly pursue inefficient half-measures. We need a new solution. Not just finger-pointing and band aid solutions.
All Minnesota families should be able to find a simple, affordable healthcare plan. The next Steve Jobs shouldn't be deterred from starting a company in his garage because of the messiness of healthcare. And no one should have to choose between healthcare and paying the rent. I will work with anyone in the Legislature willing to help lower costs and improve care. I will make health care reform my highest priority starting with negotiating lower drug prices and expanding MinnesotaCare to small business and individuals.
School Safety and Gun Violence
Hunting and sports shooting are a big part of Minnesota's culture, but gun violence doesn't need to be. We need to do something to address this issue.
This issue is divisive and used by partisans on both sides of the aisle for political gain. However, I believe there are common sense solutions we can all support. We can start by enforcing the laws already on the books. But we can do even more. We need to invest in public health research so we know what works to keep communities and gun-owners safe. We need to close the loopholes in the existing regulations that allow guns to fall into the hands of criminals or the mentally ill. We also need to fund mental-health infrastructure so we can identify, reach, and treat those in need.
This issue doesn't need to divide us. We all want safety for our schools, communities, and gun-owners. The worst thing we can do is do nothing, and I promise to work tirelessly to find sensible solutions Minnesotans can agree on.