Issues

Where I stand on the important issues 

Education

We need to revamp Minnesota's education system.

The mid-west has produced the hardest working, most dedicated employees throughout the country and that is something to be proud of. As times change, we need to be up to date with the latest technology and research but we need to remember the foundation our country was built upon and keep those valuable ideals within our schools. Education is not only teaching history, science, reading, math and writing; but also ethics and values. This includes choosing the right kinds of education to present to students; focusing on quality education and not spending funds on classes that students will not find useful when they move into or return to a career. A community cannot be prosperous if it cannot adequately educate the people that are living within it. We need to work together as a strong education state to maintain and improve the quality education system.

Taxes

How would you change our tax system to best match your beliefs on who should pay taxes?

From what sources should we raise funds; sales tax, property tax, fuel tax, income tax, fee's?

What are the pros and cons of differing taxation methods?

-Our tax system as it is today punishes success. We are asked to believe that there is a class of people that do not exist. They make the magical $250,000 a year. The believe is that if we take it from them it doesn't matter.

But who are they really? The largest majority of them are the men and women that own small businesses. In rural Minnesota if you are not a small business owner, you probably work for one. If taxes are raised on these small business owners, it will mean more job losses in Minnesota.

Let's not get pushed into a discussion on the best way to raise taxes, let's lower them across the board.