We have burdened our job creators with high taxes and excessive regulations. We must create a business-friendly environment so our businesses are able to hire employees and pay competitive wages. If Minnesota is to be the best place to live, work and raise a family we must improve our business climate to retain our current businesses and attract new ones. I support tax and regulation reform.
Our citizens deserve to drive on safe and good quality roads and bridges. They are currently paying the bill but not receiving the services. The Transportation Budget should have dedicated funds so that the Transportation Department knows what it has to work with each year and not rely on the politics of the legislature and bonding proposals. I support having dedicated funds from which to operate the Transportation Department. I do not support a gas tax increase.
Minnesotans are overtaxed. We rate near the bottom in almost every category (for being tax-friendly) when compared to the other 49 states. Property, sales and income taxation need serious review. I support Tax Reform.
Our Individual Rights continue to be taken away. We are experiencing government overreach in our businesses, our schools, and our personal lives. Property rights are the cornerstone of liberty; they are under siege from all levels of government. I will always stand up for Individual Rights and work for agricultural and environmental regulatory reform.
The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. I completely support the Second Amendment with no exceptions.
Minnesota is one of eight states whose Constitution lacks any gun rights provision. I support a concise, elegant powerful but simple amendment that states: "The individual right of the people to keep and bear arms is fundamental and shall not be infringed."
The control must be returned to the Local School Districts. Over-regulation (excessive mandates) must be repealed to allow the districts to do their job of educating our children. I support returning control back to the local school boards and reducing mandates.
MNSure has been an expensive experiment gone wrong for Minnesotans. We had the best health care in the country with preexisting conditions covered by our Minnesota High-Risk Pool. Now we deal with more bureaucracy and rapidly increasing costs. I support Health Care Reform fostered by an emphasis on less government interference and the excellence that comes only from open private-sector competition for our healthcare dollars.