Dear Friends and Neighbors:
I'm running for reelection to the Minnesota House of Representatives and am asking for your vote in November. It has been an honor to represent this district. We share a vision for our neighborhoods, our city and our great state with its rich history. I believe the Legislature should set clear priorities for investing in our future while ensuring that we are accountable for those investments. We can't afford to short-change our children by under-funding education, by not investing in our colleges and universities and by slashing funding to the most vulnerable in our society.
In the 2011 session, I was honored to be the chief author of the Governor's Omnibus Tax bill which used a combination of budget cuts and tax increases to resolve the $5 billion deficit during the worst recession in years. This bill was a balanced approach and the right thing to do. Rather than asking millionaires to contribute even $1 more, Republicans opted to make schoolchildren suffer through a school shift, put the state's already shaky credit rating at greater risk by issuing appropriation bonds, and make severe budget cuts to human services, higher education, health care, transit, environmental protection and public safety. Minnesota is a great state and I know we can do better. As we move forward I believe we need to:
I am asking for your support this November: I will continue to be a voice for Minnesota families. I've stood up against attacks on the GLBT community by the radical right. I have repeatedly received 100% ratings from environmental groups, the Children's Defense Fund and labor. I was the chief author of a bill to confront human sex-trafficking and co-author of a bill to put checks on copper-nickel mining near the BWCA. I have also been a leader in challenging misguided gun legislation like the Shoot First bill.
I hold constituent meetings on Saturdays at the Hillcrest Community Center during the legislative session. Check the Villager for dates and times. Also, please feel free to call me with questions and ideas.