Sustainability of Community
Arts & Culture
The legislature must support local arts and culture funding. In towns like Lanesboro, which has blossomed as one of the most influential arts centers in Minnesota, the arts have become a way of attracting human and financial capital. We need to cultivate the cultures of our rural communities and promote the aspects of our small towns. In the Legislature, I will fight for the protection of legacy funds that provide the backbone for artistic and cultural programs and for those who promote economic opportunities.
I strongly believe we need to expand earned paid and sick leave for all Minnesotans. Working parents deserve to spend time with their newborns without going broke. This is not only good for our youngest citizens, it's simply the right thing to do.
End Partisan Politics
By waiting until the final hours of the legislative session to introduce a nearly 1,000-page bill, our partisan politicians attempted to put the good with the bad to muddy the waters and create a toxic political battle. Nobody could possibly read 350,000 words in just a few hours. In my opinion, these backroom deals and special giveaways create a form of legalized corruption.
Our schools desperately need funds for security and technology updates. We need more accessible and affordable health insurance options. We must address the opioid epidemic as it makes its way to Southeastern Minnesota. We must create a more equitable tax structure that doesn’t bankrupt our state for my generation and generations to come. We must tackle elder abuse, and we must hold government and politicians accountable for wasteful spending.
As a 5th generation resident of Houston County, I’m well aware of what our future should look like. I see a future that spends wisely and invests in education, health care, infrastructure, our natural resources, and our senior citizens. Instead of partisan politicians who only look towards their next election, let’s look forward to the next generation.
Support a 28th Amendment
The root of many evils in our politics is the influence of BIG money over the interests of the people. It's easy for politicians to be bought and sold to the highest bidder. Politicians need to begin working for the people they represent, NOT for big corporations and unions.