On the Issues

Economy & Jobs

The foundation of a great economy is empowering the creativity and choices of individuals in a free marketplace. Politicians often believe they know better than consumers and businesses. But picking winners and losers never works, and government interference in market economies almost always results in slower economic growth and job creation.

Because Minnesota government regulations are too complicated and taxes are too high, Minnesota is below the national average in entrepreneurship. Too few people start and grow their businesses here, ensuring that future industries won’t have roots in Minnesota. That must change to encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs to make Minnesota home.

Education

Minnesotans are rightly proud of our tradition of ensuring our kids have the best education. Over the years, though, our education bureaucracy has grown, while the quality of the education our kids get has become spotty. Some school districts have high standards and consistently high levels of achievement, while others struggle to graduate students out of high school.

Education is the one thing Minnesota’s state constitution ascribes as a duty to the state, yet too often results are not the criteria prioritized in the state’s budget. Education is the talent pipeline for Minnesota’s next generation of leaders in business and the community, so our kids must come first.

Health Care

The federal government’s interference in Minnesota’s health care system has set Minnesota back, especially for small businesses and the middle class. Choices have been reduced, costs have exploded, and every year thousands lose their health insurance and have to scramble to find alternatives.

Minnesota has led the world in health care, but Obamacare is pushing our expenses up and our quality down. No governor can repeal Obamacare, but I am committed to working with the President to lift the burdens that federal interference has imposed on Minnesota’s innovative capacity to improve health care.

Spending

Too many politicians think our quality of life is determined by how much government spends. Minnesota’s great quality of life is built upon the foundation of healthy families, a strong economy, and our bountiful natural resources.

Families know better than government what will improve their quality of life, and lawmakers must recognize the fact that every dollar they tax and spend is a dollar less that our families have to invest in their own future.

Taxes

Governor Dayton raised taxes by billions of dollars, but we haven’t solved the problems that he promised higher taxes would solve.

Throwing money at problems hasn’t achieved better results. It’s time we recognized that Minnesotans are taxed enough, and look to streamlining government to reduce taxes while providing the services that people need.

We need to get Minnesota out of the top 10 in taxes.

Transportation

Government’s role in transportation is to enable the most mobility of goods and people across our entire state, in urban, suburban, and rural areas. Ensuring a sufficient and well-maintained highway system must be our first priority, because our economy and our citizens depend upon it.

For too long the Metropolitan Council has overemphasized light rail transit, spending billions on rail lines that can only move a tiny fraction of people and not goods and services.

Life

I believe God creates all life, and in the sanctity of life from conception until natural death.

Natural Resources

The bedrock of Minnesota’s economy is our abundant natural resources and food production.

One out of five jobs in Minnesota is directly tied to agriculture, food production, and food processing. Minnesota should be encouraging our vibrant agricultural industries, not hindering them with overregulation.

The best stewards of God’s creation are those whose lives and work depend upon taking care of that land. No family or community wants to pass onto the next generation a planet polluted and depleted by exploitation. Government should not treat farmers, miners, and loggers as if they are the enemy of a cleaner and more prosperous Minnesota.

Second Amendment

I believe that the Second Amendment means what it says: that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

The Bill of Rights is quite clear: our civil rights are not negotiable, and it is not government’s role to decide which of our civil rights we can keep.