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2016 Candidate Questionnaire

 

Excelsior-Shorewood Sun-Sailor & Mound Laker

 

QUESTION 1
What do you consider the top issues for the South Lake Minnetonka area? 

 
Tax Relief: Reports reflect that residents in our district pay a disproportionately high percentage of taxes than most other parts of the state. While property taxes are driven by local units of government, commercial, industrial properties and seasonal recreational properties are subject to additional state taxes. Unfunded state mandates are devastating. This year, the Legislature approved $146 million in property tax relief for every small business in the state. Unfortunately, that measure was vetoed by the governor.
 
Healthcare Reform: Sadly, our once-best-in-the-nation healthcare was devastated by the abysmal failure of MNsure, the Minnesota Democratic version of Obamacare, and resulted in skyrocketing premiums and reduced choices. Minnesotans on MNsure will likely be facing average increases of up to 60 percent more for the upcoming year. Patient-centered, market-oriented reforms are the key to empowering Minnesotans.
 
AIS Management: The spread of aquatic invasive species pose a serious threat to our bodies of water. We made progress in the current biennium by creating a two-year Lake Minnetonka pilot study pertaining to equipment that has been seasonally stored, serviced, or repaired elsewhere. The legislative intent is to protect our lake while gaining efficiency. Although more can be done, we also provided $18 million in funding to counties through the DNR for treatment, enforcement and prevention of AIS.

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QUESTION 2
What measures would you propose to further your goals?

 
The legislature made huge inroads in supporting our state's veterans earlier this year by enacting House Republican-initiated legislation which I co-authored to eliminate the state tax on military pensions. I am proud to serve on the Veterans Committee, a division of State Government Finance which placed a special focus on serving those who have defended our freedom.

Disappointingly, the governor rejected strong bipartisan legislation which provided $13 million in further relief for members of our military by vetoing this year’s tax bill. I greatly appreciate the enormous sacrifices made by our veterans and it will remain focused on ensuring they are recognized in kind.

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QUESTION 3

The South Lake area has seen an economic boom in the past year causing residential concerns such as increased traffic, over expansion and public safety issues. How will you work with the cities in District 33B to balance growth while maintaining small town charm?
 
It has been an honor to serve my hometown, Chanhassen, as well as nine of the sixteen cities surrounding beautiful Lake Minnetonka the past four years. Each of these cities elects is mayor and councils who residents believe know what is best for their cities.  

As has always been the case, I look forward to being responsive to the needs of each city and to supporting their visions at the state level. This is in stark contrast to the approach taken by the unelected Met Council and its social engineering tendencies; a body which is without citizen accountability but with $1 billion of taxing authority. It has control over the housing, income and population mix of our suburban communities and its power must be checked.

 

 

Lakeshore Weekly News & Chanhassen Villager  

 

QUESTION 1
Why are you running?

My "why" has not changed since I first ran for election in 2012. I believed then – just as I do today – that our district deserved strong, conservative representation at the Capitol; someone who would stand for our shared values and protect our Constitutional rights.

Voters may also recall my having campaigned door-to-door the past two election cycles regarding our state’s debt, borrowing and the billions owed in unfunded public pension liabilities. Ever since, I’ve consistently spoken about how state government must live within its means – just as hard-working families do and that it’s immoral to do otherwise. I sincerely appreciate the great privilege I have been granted to serve the residents of our district in the Minnesota Legislature and if re-elected, I would be honored to continue to give my all on their behalf in St. Paul.

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QUESTION 2

What are the top three items on your platform and how would you address them?

The superior quality of our schools and top-notch education children receive (not to mention the positive impact great schools have on property values) are primary reasons residents choose to reside in our district. I’ll continue to advocate for local control of education dollars.

One-size-fits-all statewide policies from St. Paul are never as good as decisions made by locally elected officials. Secondly – tax relief. Minnesotans absorbed the largest tax increase in state history in 2013 under full Democrat control which fell disproportionately on our district. I’ll work to pass the bill the governor vetoed which would have provided $500 million in permanent tax relief for virtually all Minnesotans. Lastly – healthcare. The disastrous implementation of MNsure, the Minnesota Democratic version of Obamacare resulted in skyrocketing premiums and decreased choice for consumers. I’ll advocate for patient-centered, market-oriented reforms which will improve quality and affordability of healthcare.

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QUESTION
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List an issue that you expect to come up during the next legislative session and your opinion on that issue.

Transportation Funding: In year one of the last biennium, House Republicans passed a strong transportation bonding bill that included a great start to a 10-year plan which funded roads and bridges without raising taxes. Senate Democrats and the governor stonewalled the legislation due to their unreasonable demand for tax hikes.

Our focus going forward must remain on improving our roadways and flexible, efficient bus transit versus expansion of inflexible and excessively costly light-rail systems.

Southwest Light Rail – the largest proposed transportation capital project in state history at almost $2 billion ($100 million per mile to build vs. $10 million per mile to build a roadway) – will not alleviate congestion, will not serve the needs of commerce, will require annual taxpayer subsidies of well over 60% of its operating costs – and will only provide transportation for an estimated .002% of all total daily trips in the Twin Cities.

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QUESTION 4
Why do you want to serve in the Legislature?

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed serving in the Minnesota legislature the past four years and have been uplifted by the appreciation expressed as well as the encouragement I’ve received from numerous constituents to continue to serve the district and our state.

I have built solid working relationships within the community, in St. Paul, and with many legislators across the nation as well. In addition, I’ve actively participated in countless community events, legislative conferences and meetings – regardless if the subject pertains to a committee on which I serve.

As a result, I’ve significantly increased my knowledge base on matters of significance to my constituents and my network of those eager to assist me in more efficiently navigating the legislative process. I anticipate my past level of engagement will help me become even more responsive to the needs of the district and our state going forward.

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QUESTION 5
Describe your leadership style.

I’ve been told by people throughout my adult life – and specifically from constituents over the course of the past four years - that I am a good listener, friendly and approachable. I gain a tremendous amount of insight through experience and have that much greater an appreciation for an issue when I can meet someone to discuss it in person; to see their circumstance and to feel their concern.

My work ethic has always been strong and I’ve worked to earn the trust and respect of the people I represent. I believe they know that the person they talk with at their doorstep - or hear speaking in public – is the same person who is casting votes on their behalf at the Capitol on issues that impact their lives.

I value the relationships I have established which have not only been key in gaining the support of others as I lead by example but in seeing gifts and talents in others from whom I am not hesitant to ask for help myself.

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QUESTION 6
Why should residents vote for you?

It’s critical to have balance at the Capitol. Most can recall the result of the 2013-2014 biennium when Democrats had one-party control – and it wasn’t good … including the $2 billion tax increase foisted on hard-working Minnesotans; the largest in state history.

The trajectory of state spending increases has been just as egregious. It is disheartening to witness the reckless, tax-and-spend liberal ideology in bills introduced which would surely leave future generations – our children and grandchildren – indebted.

I am proud to have recently voted to provide $2.1 billion in tax relief to Minnesota taxpayers, cut the taxpayer-funded salaries of Governor Dayton’s political appointees and defeat the Democrats’ proposal for the highest gas tax increase in state history. If re-elected, I will continue to demonstrate fiscal restraint in spending decisions and pay the utmost respect to the hard-working, over-taxed residents of our district.

 

 

The Laker & The Pioneer, Orono

 
QUESTION 1
What prompted you seek election (or re-election) to office?

My "why" has not changed since I first ran for election in 2012. I believed then – just as I do today – that our district deserved strong, conservative representation at the Capitol; someone who would stand for our shared values and protect our Constitutional rights.

Voters may also recall my having campaigned door-to-door the past two election cycles regarding our state’s debt, borrowing and the billions owed in unfunded public pension liabilities. Ever since, I’ve consistently spoken about how state government must live within its means – just as hard-working families do and that it’s immoral to do otherwise.

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QUESTION 2
What separates you from your opponent(s)?

 
I have built solid working relationships within the community, in St. Paul, and with many legislators across the nation as well during my four years in the Minnesota House.

In addition, I’ve actively participated in countless community events, legislative conferences and meetings. As a result, I’ve significantly increased my knowledge base on matters of significance to my constituents and my network of those eager to assist me in more efficiently navigating the legislative process. I anticipate my past level of engagement will help me become even more responsive to the needs of the district and our state going forward.

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QUESTION 3

What is the most pressing issue facing the constituency you hope to represent? How would you address those issues?

 
The issue of state government living beyond its means has resulted in over-taxed families experiencing more of their paychecks being seized. Now, Hennepin County residents face even more tax increases after the unelected Metropolitan Council and others circumvented the Legislature to fund the state's portion of the $2 billion Southwest Light Rail.

I will continue advocating for responsible state budgeting and tax relief to offset the over $2 billion tax increase Democrats passed in 2013 to fund their historic spending hike. Market-based solutions and focusing on priorities will allow Minnesota to honor important obligations while gaining budgetary stability. 

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QUESTION 4
What in your background/experience best qualifies you for office?

As the former general manager at the downtown St. Paul Dayton’s department store, I bring two important perspectives to the office of state representative. First, as a businesswoman, I understand what policies we need to stimulate job growth and which policies would be a burden on businesses as they look to hire more people. Also, I have experienced firsthand the challenges many working parents face as they balance work with raising a family. Second, I place a high value in customer service. Constituents can expect excellent customer service when they contact my office. 

 

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