ISSUES: WHERE I STAND

Education

Our public education system is suffering from years of two-faced rhetoric from representatives who vowed support for our students while removing the financial structure needed to fulfill those promises.  

Especially costly are the unfunded mandates to serve our students with special needs.  The Special Education Cross-Subsidy draws millions of dollars out of the district’s general fund every year to cover costs that the state consistently fails to pay.

Most would agree that special needs services provide a benefit to the entire education community. The required services, coupled with a lack of financial support have forced the public education community to operate in an ever-tightening corporate model.

We felt the direct effects of this hostility towards public education last year, when our school board had to make an extraordinarily difficult decision to consolidate our elementary schools.

It is critically important we do what we can to protect, build and fortify public schools. I want to change this for the better at the State level.

 

Environment

This is a subject that is both vital to our future and a hallmark of the quality of life we take pride in.

Our communities in 39B emphasize this connection to our natural surroundings: our access to them through public lands, our connections to the waterways. It attracts families and some businesses, yet that growth and expansion brings its own risks to those beautiful and critical resources.

A healthy, maintained environment where everyone has access to safe, clean water is a lynchpin in our overall health as a community: that is not open to debate.

We share the responsibility to safeguard our environment and all it provides for our future generations without compromising our economic growth and opportunity

 

Mental Health Support & Services

Just as good mental health is not aligned with any one political philosophy, we cannot deny the ripple effect untreated – or worse, undertreated – mental health conditions can have.

Some of the systems that have, in the past, served and supported Minnesotans’ mental health needs are weaker today, limiting access to those who need it more than ever.

I’ve seen first-hand the enormity of mental health support needs in our schools and community. These needs are growing at a rapid pace, and while good things are being done to change this, continued support is critical.

Minnesotans are known for our individual fortitude, but we are stronger when we seek the help we cannot provide for ourselves.

 

Housing,
Transitional Care, & Elderly Services

How many of us live in our homes today with the full intention of growing old in those homes?

What support systems are in place now to make that possible? 

These are not new questions, but are taking on a new sense of urgency as the Baby Boomer population shifts from workforce to retirement. 

After years of hard work and careful saving, uncertainty about where we can live is the last thing any of us should have to face. 

If you love your community and want to continue living there, age and health should not have to be the determining factors.

This is an important conversation we need to continue, so good people aren’t short-changed of their options to stay in their own community if they want to.