How I’ll make a difference:

Jobs and Economic Development

For manufacturing, most of the solar panels in the US are built in China and Taiwan; I’ll work to broaden our economy, adding good jobs and addressing economic disparity by bringing in new businesses. We have to do a better job of supporting farmers and attracting new jobs in energy, high-tech and other businesses where remote work is becoming the future.

As soon as I get to the State Senate, I’ll start on economic development incentives, including improving access to low-interest capital, which will help small businesses get back on track and create more jobs.

As a fiscal conservative who knows how to get things done even when people disagree, I say we bypass the infighting in St. Paul and get our economy moving again. 

Learn more about my jobs and economic development proposals:

Minnesota needs to invest in long-term infrastructure projects which is a great start—but these initiatives require leaders who are able to get past their differences so they can focus on the big picture. The state budget surplus is a great example: We have to put it to work wisely and frugally. I promise you I will do my part in St. Paul. Initiatives I will support: 

  • Increased funding for the Rural Finance Authority (RFA) at the Department of Agriculture (MDA), including expanding access to MDA’s Disaster Recovery Loan Program.
  • Passage of bonding bills to invest in rural transportation infrastructure.
  • Funding upgrades to meat processing facilities and training centers.
  • Supporting a $23 million proposal to help with flood mitigation.
  • Improvements to the laboratory at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
  • Investing in rural infrastructure, stormwater mitigation and other construction projects.

Protect Our Environment

The key here is supporting smart conservation, balancing the needs of our economy with the need to protect what we have. As a tribal leader and lifelong resident, I understand that we need leaders who understand the importance of working with business leaders and our community leaders to ensure this balanced approach. The key is consensus. I will build agreement, helping us move forward while protecting our environment.


Fiscal Responsibility

When I was elected to the tribal council, it had about $50 million in cash on hand. When I left, that figure had grown to $170 million—in only four years. The keys: smart business decisions and a close eye on controlling expenses. I’ll do the same for Minnesota, making the most of state revenue while championing programs that will help families.


Farming

This is the bedrock of our Senate District, but we’ve lost touch with our farmers. I’ll increase support for farmers and the state’s vital programs, including drought relief and access to capital. We also need more involvement from state partners, encouraging first-time farmers to get involved and helping other farmers innovate to increase production and reduce costs. 

Learn more about my farming proposals:

Farmers shouldn’t have to struggle to feed livestock until their pastures are ready. They need capital to purchase inputs for spring planting and to finance new water infrastructure. They also need more cooperation from state agencies—without the usual red tape. I will work to:

  • Expand eligibility to more counties, which will avoid confusion on the part of producers and make the program easier to administer. This will ensure relief gets to the people who really need it.
  • Assess allocations for Specialty Crop and Livestock producers instead of capping the amount that can go to either category. This may help avoid confusion and allow MDA to best meet the need.
  • Allow “up to $10,000 per eligible livestock farmer or specialty crop producer,” which will give the department flexibility to meet producers’ needs.
  • Provide more grants, by allocating $7 million to the program.
  • Replenish the Rural Finance Authority’s (RFA) disaster loan account

Affordable Healthcare

Many families have lost access to affordable health care. They need options. We need to increase accessibility to medical facilities in Baudette and other remote regions of the district. Specialty care such as occupational therapy needs to be supported in rural clinics so the special needs community can receive the care they deserve.


Improved Education

Teachers and schools need resources to move education forward, for the sake of our children and for our economy. Job training programs and apprenticeships can both help in this regard. We need to move forward, including working with high-tech companies—which are recruiting more employees—to bring in more training and apprenticeship programs.