Issues

Socialist. Because all wealth is created by a combination of natural resources and labor.

Some need more. Some need less. Distribution of goods and services should be based on need not greed. There is natural abundance. If we keep the enviornmental impact in mind I believe we can create a liberal society of joy. True happiness can be found in our relationships and social activities. Emotional intelligence, kindness and compassion are key. A basic standard of living for all is essential. We build from there.

Public Policy

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  • Minnesota Nurses
  • Education Minnesota
  • SEIU
  • AFL-CIO
  • AFSCME
  • Teamsters

Most of my public policy positions are on the front page. They are featured there because I feel these are the heart and soul of our DFL party. We can squable about money but when it comes to civic values – there is a big difference between Democrats and Republicans.

Fiscal Policy

  • I support small buisnesses
    • Small employers, whose gross annual volume of sales made or business done is less than $500,000.
      • No taxation on small businesses.
      • Single-payer health care. The employer is not responsible for health insurance costs.
  • Large employers should pay their fair share in business tax.
    • Businesses like McDonalds and Walmart are not going to stop doing business in Minnesota because we have a higher corporate tax rate.
      • However, if we did tax them out of our state I would personally be OK with that.
    • Wealthy people (aka the owner class) should pay a high personal income tax.

Agriculture

  • I support small family farmers, the farm to school program, community gardens, organic agriculture, and co-ops.
    • I don’t like GMOs but I’m not afraid of them. Full disclosure; I eat GMO products and use a microwave.
    • I do think that we need to be mindful of honey bees and certain pesticides and herbicides which are known to have a detrimental affect on bees.
    • Proper application of technology in agriculture should enable us to grow more vegan foods without the need for pesticides and toxic chemicals.
    • We need rural broadband. I support expansion of broadband internet across Minnesota. And regulation of fiber optic broadband internet as a public utility.

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History

During his first four years in office, Gov. Dayton raised the state income tax from 7.85 to 9.85 percent on individuals earning over $150,000, and on couples earning over $250,000 when filing jointly — a tax increase of $2.1 billion. [Check out this link: MN_Rev for information on current MN tax rates.] With this tax increase Gov. Dayton funded all-day kindergarten for all Minnesota children.

2019 fed taxes

Tax policy is complicated, of course, but (roughly speaking) if you combine 37% and 10% you’ll see that the wealthiest Minnesotans (those making over $500,000 in taxable income a year) are taxed at only 50% of their income. Think of that. You make $500,000 a year. The government takes half (40% US, 10% MN) and you still have $250,000 a year to live off of. That’s amazing! I make less than $40,000 a year (and I have a good paying union job). There is plenty of fat to tax when it comes to the wealthiest Minnesotans.

Will the wealthy 1% move out of our state? Maybe. If they aren’t patriotic. But some rich people are good. They believe in paying a fair share in taxes as a way to give back to the community that made them. Minnesota is beautiful. It would be interesting to see who leaves and who stays.


HealthCare

A switch to single-payer healthcare would, in fact, save Minnesota money. And provide a higher level of care for all. I strongly support Sen. John Marty‘s vision for a Minnesota Health Plan.

Local is best

I support more local government aid (LGA) and an increase in county program aid (CPA). Our municipal and county agencies know their residents best. When we make trickle down economics a reality through fair taxation and distribution we give our local governments the financial resources to do right by their citizens.

Whether it’s affordable housing, transportation, or municipal park improvements our city and county governments depend on state funding for these and other community projects. BONUS: Property taxes might actually go down.

I like to keep things simple. It’s fine for Minneapolis and St. Paul to set a minimum wage for their cities. They are both first class cities after all. But the rest of Minnesota needs to catch up with inflation too. $15/hour is the bare bones minimum that a single person or two adults working full time in a family unit can survive on. My vision for Minnesota is everyone living with dignity and abundance with the environmental motto of reduce, reuse, recycle held firmly in mind. No one should have to work two or three jobs and loose sleep just to make ends meet.

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History

In Minneapolis, the largest city in the state, the city council voted to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in 2017. Large employers must comply by July 1, 2022, while small businesses have until July 1, 2024.


Education

Appropriate funding for access to voluntary and free early childhood education for all Minnesota children.

Equitable funding for school districts. Close open enrollment. Work to fix the achievement gap.

Making higher education more affordable. I support a free two year post secondary education.

Child Care & Families

Expanded earned sick & safe time benefits. Mandate businesses to provide paid family and maternity leave.

Make child care affordable. Child care (like education) is for the benefit of all society. It is not a business that people go into to get rich. Therefore it will never be financially solvent. I propose that we fund child care and education fully to set ourselves up for future success.

Housing affordability

Pass a state wide tenant bill of rights.

Limit how landlords use credit scores and criminal histories to screen renters.

Initiate a state program for rent control which cities can adopt based on a fair rate of rent (30% of net income) based on local median household income.