Other Issues & Questions
Are you anti-gun / anti-2A?
I support our Second Amendment rights and Minnesotans who own firearms for hunting, recreation and personal safety.
Guns are a part of life in greater Minnesota and are a staple in many rural households. My household is no exception. And while I'm not an avid hunter myself, many of neighbors and family members are avid sportsmen and gun enthusiasts.
What gun rights / gun control policies important to you?
Where do you stand on Right To Work laws?
These laws are misleading by design. They do not really help workers and they greatly harm the ability of workers to effectively organize and bargain for the kind of fair wages and good benefits we all want for our families.
Now, more than any time recently, the growth and prosperity we're seeing in the economy is not being shared by many working families. Our economy is growing, but much of the new wealth being generated is flowing directly to (and staying at) the top, while working people and their families continue to struggle to get ahead and take part in that prosperity.
Federal law already prohibits "closed shops", in which employees must be (and remain) members of a union as a condition of employment. What right-to-work laws actually tend to do break labor organization's ability to operate and negotiate on behalf of workers that participate in them.
What do you think about labor and right-to-work issues?
Why won't you sign a "no tax" pledge?
Of course we all want families and farmers and small businesses to thrive financially and not be crushed or over-burdened by high taxes.
But it's a really bad idea to jump from that notion to a "cut first, at all costs" position and refuse to even consider any proposal that boosts tax revenue. That's a bad approach to governing in general and especially bad for rural Minnesota. Particularly for greater Minnesota, this kind of extreme position does not actually leave more money in our households and businesses.
Our rural communities actually receive more taxes for our infrastructure and services than we pay through Local Government Aid (LGA) and County Program Aid (CPA) programs.
These pledge positions harm our ability to call on large high-income and corporate tax bases in the Metro area to help pay for the infrastructure, economic development and services in greater Minnesota. These programs help strengthen our communities, boost our economy, keep us competitive and improve our quality of life. Tax cuts invariably favor large businesses and high income areas in the metro and end up being felt here, by rural homeowners, farmers and small businesses who.
To me, it's common sense that we need to carefully consider how we pay for the things that we need and weigh all options carefully.
It's also common sense not to promise to cut taxes for the corporate entities that operate in the Metro at the direct expense of smaller taxpayers in greater Minnesota.
What do you think about tax pledges and funding our local services?
What if I want to know about something else?
I'd love to talk with you about it!
I want to hear from voters and know what's on their mind. If it's an issue I hear about from quite a few people, I may even add it to this page!