Issues

Making College More Affordable

We froze tuition at Minnesota state colleges and universities like Riverland Community College in Albert Lea as well as created tax credits for families saving for college and those still paying off their student loans

Protecting Aging Adults

$138 million in new funding!  Important reforms to how the state reimburses senior care facilities.  Meaningful fund increases will help ensure quality care and keep nursing home doors open.

  • Parkview Care Center, Wells          +14.5%
  • Thorne Crest, Albert Lea               +21%
  • St Johns, Albert Lea                      +30.5%
  • Good Samaritan                            +32%
  • Prairie Manor, Blooming Prairie    +16%
  • Field Crest Center, Hayfield           +29%

Supporting Our Veterans

We eliminated state income tax on veterans’ pensions, along with other important veteran provisions.  Our military deserves our support and I was proud to be a part of this legislation.

 

Advocating for Our Farmers

I voted for tax relief on ag land, worked hard to prevent DNR overreach, and more.  We need to continue to work on common sense reduction of regulation and agency overreach that respects our beautiful land, lakes, rivers AND our farmers.  Regulation and policy should be research and science based. 

 

Smartly Funding Education

As a former Teacher of the Year, I understand the importance of education.  That is why I supported and voted for $600 million in NEW funding for education which also includes historic investments in early learning.  Our education budget prioritizes funding toward parent choice and existing programs with a proven track record in helping close the achievement gap.

Respecting Your Budget

I respected your pocketbooks by voting for a common sense state budget with smart priorities and NO TAX INCREASES on middle-class families.  I also voted for much needed tax reductions for middle-class families, seniors, veterans and farmers.

Funding Roads and Bridges

With a substantial budget surplus, I helped pass a ten-year $6 billion plan to fund roads and bridges using existing resources – not by raising your taxes.  Unfortunately, Gov. Dayton and the DFL majority blocked progress on this long-term proposal by insisting on a massive gas tax increase and a very expensive, inefficient light rail train.  We worked hard to stop attempts to increase a gas tax that could have put us second-highest in the country.

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Tackling Rising Healthcare Costs

I voted to save Minnesotans $22 million on their health insurance over the next three years by cutting the tax on healthcare insurance in half, as well as eliminating fraud and waste in the MNSure program (projected at $1 billion per year).  Unfortunately, both of these measures were eliminated by the senate DFL majority.  Our current healthcare system is not sustainable.  I am working with local experts to develop a healthcare plan that improves healthcare services and substantially lowers premiums.

 

Promoting Jobs

I worked to help our small businesses be competitive and grow jobs by supporting main street property tax relief and unemployment insurance reform.