I have been privileged to represent District 57B for two terms and look forward to serving the residents of 56B. Minnesotans face new challenges as we recover from covid losses, adjust to a changed economy, and prepare for twenty-first century jobs. I will do my part in the House to bolster public education from pre-K to graduation and beyond, to foster growing businesses while protecting workers, and to continue to support healthy, safe, and welcoming communities. I understand the challenges so many of us are facing because I have lived them.
My wife and I raised our family in Rosemount to ensure that our kids would receive a top-notch education in a thriving community. I volunteered as a youth sports coach, a youth faith formation teacher, and for a local energy sector advisory council. I worked hard in the healthcare field, helping people during some of the worst times of their lives. I have also started small businesses and developed a successful real estate career, in which I still work today. Like so many of us, I have experienced the ups and downs, the challenges, and the joys, of working and raising a family.
EDUCATION: During my tenure in the House I have been able to greatly increase funding for District 196, and worked toward home-owner tax relief. Going forward, I will continue to support public pre-K through 12 education with full and equitable funding, small class sizes, well-trained teachers, and a safe environment in which to learn. Our students deserve a comprehensive education, including a full discussion of our nation’s history. I support anti-bullying campaigns, in-school mental health programs, and an increase in the ratio of counselors to students. I do not support vouchers and school privatization which divert funding from public schools and increase property taxes. Minnesota graduates need the option of public vocational training and two-year associate programs.
PUBLIC SAFETY: As a member of the Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy Committee, I’ve been partnering with our mayors, police chiefs, and prosecutors to address the recent rise of crime. The House put forward an array of public safety proposals that would dedicate $300 million in ongoing funding for law enforcement and public safety innovation. This is an investment in smart policing by funding and retaining investigatory personnel and training them to analyze violent crime, specifically regarding the use of intelligence information of criminal networks, including gangs and geographic areas. Those funds could also be used to purchase evidence processing technology and equipment, and to provide resources to victims and their families. Work is ongoing to get each of these measures passed into law. The state of Minnesota must also address the inadequacy of emergency medical responses. We need to recruit and pay the people who do this necessary and difficult work. Rural Minnesota in particular needs legislative support to expand access to critical medical care.
ECONOMY: Thriving businesses keep money circulating within the community while providing jobs, goods and services, and generate the taxes to fund local government resources, such as first responders. The government plays an important and complex role in fostering a healthy economy. It is the legislature’s job to: balance the needs of the public and businesses; ensure a well-educated and healthy population; and provide a strong infrastructure. In the last session the House passed – with my vote - several shovel-ready jobs, which are awaiting the republican-led Senate to pass in a Special Session. Passing these stalled bills will fully unlock the more than $5 billion allocated to Minnesota by the Biden administration for highways, bridges, broadband expansion, EV charging stations, public transportation, and clean water.
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