The Friends of DFL Women held an event last Wednesday, September 19th, to introduce the new 2012 endorsed women candiates. The event was hosted by former Representative Betty Folliard and Senator Sandy Pappas who also said goodbye to women that are retiring. Retiring are Rep. Denise Dittrich, Rep. Marion Greene, Rep. Mindy Greiling, Sen. Linda Higgins, Rep. Kate Knuth, Sen. Mary Jo McGuire, Rep. Sandra Peterson, and Rep. Nora Slawik. Thank you for your hard work, retirees.
There are a plethora of excellent women candidates this 2012 election and all seem ready to collaborate and get things done. For your convenience I have included what they plan to do (and when possible) listed a campaign website and Facebook and Twitter links. All information is taken from the candidate’s website and please note I did not search for what incumbents have already done. To get the full story, follow the link to your legislator’s website.
For this next November 2012 election it will be wise to plug your address in at the Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State. This will tell you what new voting district you live in (effective 2012). After you’ve done that you can search below for your district number (listed first, example: HD02B which means House District 02B,and SD13 means Senate District 13.)
And please remember you can register on voting day at the polls!
- financial incentives that encourage community development and investments that create jobs for people in this region.
- working together
- restore the Homestead Credit for farmers
- expansion of internet access and technology to improve business markets, add jobs and assure that our educational and health care systems truly serve rural Minnesota
- protecting critical health care providers from more cuts and continued to pursue reform in the areas of improving care and reducing costs
Endorsed Candidate: Mary Murphy
Endorsed Candidate: Shannon Schroeder
Shannon Schroeder on Facebook
Phone: (320) 267-0526
- high-quality education from early childhood through college
- knitting the region together with a strong regional transportation system and expanded high-speed Internet
- promoting and expanding Minnesota’s Shared Work program to provide an alternative to layoffs
- developing green energy alternatives and encouraging the manufacture of the turbines, panels, etc., here in Minnesota.
- will work with local business leaders to bring the attitudes and perspectives of our companies to the Capitol
- fund public schools and support our educators is a top priority for the future and to keep Minnesota a standard bearer in education
- require insurance companies to compete for the sale of their coverage as well as the reforms that help maintain coverage for our children and restricts rejection based on preexisting conditions
- infrastructure projects from roads and bridges to public buildings and utilities need to be identified for public funding
- common sense with a collaborative approach
- We need to continue to work together for a strong and healthy future for our community, region and state
- The right training, the right support, and the right measurements make a formula for success in our schools.
- Create an outcome based solution in partnership with business, universities and vocational institutions to maximize our students time and our tax dollars, is an essential ingredient to keep our greatest resource, our kids, here in greater Minnesota.
- Create an efficient regulatory processes
- Encourage community development
- Invest in modern infrastructure
- Providing incentives to new businesses to get up and running
- Vocational and technical education for an ever changing workforce.
- Health care reforms that create real value to both our citizens and our businesses.
- Transportation and energy policy that creates a connected community in greater Minnesota.
- We must restructure how we collect and allocate revenue. We must do this in a way that puts the whole states fiscal health above any party, interest group, or personality driven campaign promises.
Endorsed Candidate: Patti Fritz
- It is time for (bonding bill) investment.
- Invest in higher education and worker training which will create a highly competitive workforce which looks very promising for biosciences in Southeastern Minnesota.
- Partner with providers to ensure they are adequately supported for the care they provide our citizens.
- Long-term investment in education to develop well-rounded graduates, a world class workforce, economic growth and an attractive environment for investment in Minnesota.
- Expand avenues for on-line learning to support a variety of student needs while ensuring opportunities for classroom interaction with qualified teachers for those students who choose traditional education.
- Restore the market value homestead credit and establish tax fairness
- Support a bipartisan effort to update the Minnesota tax code.
- Propose a bipartisan task force to examine what Minnesota can do to provide affordable coverage to Minnesotans & make recommendations to the legislature based on their findings.
- support efforts to prevent outsourcing of jobs overseas and to create good jobs throughout all of Minnesota
- invest in worker training and keeping higher education affordable so that our workforce remains highly skilled and competitive. Biosciences represent an extraordinary opportunity for new businesses and new jobs in Rochester and throughout Minnesota.
- bring tax fairness and fiscal responsibility back to Minnesota. We must close corporate tax loopholes and make sure that everyone—including the small group of people who earn over $500,000 per year–pay their fair share in taxes
- work to provide affordable coverage to every Minnesotan
- adequately fund our public schools
- Restore the homestead credit and be a voice for the needs of rural Minnesota.
- Ensure that the Fire Safety Account is never again raided to help balance the budget
- Propose a bill that gives our first responders a tax credit, thereby helping rural communities fill the emergency response needs of the community
- Protect and improve our way of life
- Our children need to be trained for the jobs of future and this means investing in our schools. Businesses locate where they can find employees who have the skills they need, and where there is an infrastructure that allows them to run effective operations. So, we cannot attract businesses without improving our roads, and ensuring that we have adequate police and fire protection.
- depend on the strength of our regional farms and should expect farmers to be good stewards of the land. We will need healthy dialogue and inclusive decision making to find the right balance between economic needs and environmental health.
- make sure college is a viable option to all interested students.
- Have an educated workforce, help entrepreneurs grow their business, and keep costs down for small-business owners. Government should not stifle job growth with over-regulation.
- Keep our schools strong, our health care facilities nearby, and our transportation infrastructure safe.
- Find a sensible approach to keeping (health care) costs down and provide individuals and families access to primary care. Support public health initiatives and preventive care strategies
Endorsed Candidate: Holly Neuman
Phone: (763) 228-9090
Endorsed Candidate: Sharon Shimek
Phone: (763) 274-2722
Sharon Shimek on Facebook
- provide comprehensive sex education in all schools, including, but not limited to, abstinence education.
- provide affordable, comprehensive birth control and prenatal care
- provide livable conditions including healthcare, food, housing
- provide affordable Childcare
- all day, every day kindergarten
- restore educational funding
- support small businesses to help them succeed and grow. Mentoring and help with finding the resources available are important
- pay workers fairly
- close corporate loopholes and keep jobs here rather than sending them overseas
- reinstate the Homestead Market Value Credit
- Government should respond to natural disasters
- work to provide a predictable, sustainable revenue stream to fund necessary and important government functions
- protect against shifting costs and increases in property taxes
enhance manufacturing in our state by providing a welcoming climate for start-ups and entrepreneurs to thrive
- invest in our infrastructure
- better coordination among our institutions of higher education to streamline costs, reduce duplication, and enhance relevant programs and research
- listen and learn from the various stakeholders and individuals who have been working diligently on these issues to find ways to improve good health and control healthcare costs
- maintaining water quality in our lakes and wells, stopping the spread of invasive species that threaten our natural habitats, and protecting our parks, trails and rural lands
- adequate funding for our first responders and protectors, fire and police
- create good paying jobs
- restore a balanced budget which will require us learn to do more and better with less and implement governmental redesign which realizes savings years into the future
- make quality education a priority
- reduce the rising cost of health care for families and small businesses, eliminate health care disparities and fight to make sure our older residents are able to live independently.
- lower property taxes for homeowners
- adequate funding for a world-class educational system
- fund infrastructure projects that will meet the demands of the ever changing business world
- expand job retraining and stop the ever-increasing barriers to higher education.
- rebuild and modernize our lagging infrastructure and public assets while putting thousands back to work in the hard-hit construction industry
- advocate for education funding reform
- consider the long-term fiscal health of our state by looking at every available option to balance the budget using an honest and open approach
- Our state’s constitution should be used to expand rights, not restrict them
- implement a responsible plan to pay back the $2.4 billion debt to our schools
- promote economic development through smart investments, sound infrastructure, and clean energy
- support policies to help small business start-up and grow, creating living wage jobs for area families
- reduce property taxes
- phase out the Corporate Income Tax
- comprehensive tax reform to improve our business climate and insure stable and adequate state revenues
- Fix our outdated and complicated state process to provide funding to our public schools. We must provide our schools a stable source of funding.
- Invest in early childhood education so that all children enter kindergarten with the necessary skills to learn
- Control tuition costs at our state college and university system.
- Ensure all Minnesotans have access to affordable health care.
- Reward prevention and healthy lifestyles.
- Protect the relationship between patients and care providers.
- Provide strong support for our “first responders”, our local police and firefighters.
- Safeguard and enhance consumer protection laws, especially those having to do with insurance claims and water/mold intrusion
- Support job training and education for dislocated workers.
- Support the right of workers to organize and to bargain collectively.
- work together to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies and abortions in our state through education and improved economic and social support for women
- Crack down on employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants.
- Require illegal immigrants to become legal and pay their fair share of taxes.
- hold regular community meetings and forums throughout my time in office, and be available to constituents by phone and e-mail. All forums will be open to the public and press
- ensure access to affordable higher education options
- committed to affordable, quality health care
- streamline our health care system to address concerns about cost, quality, and access
- Ensure the investment Minnesotans have made in our environment is not eroded
- Guarantee Minnesota has a safe water supply and clean lakes, polluters must be held accountable
- Increase crime prevention efforts
- Toughen penalties for violent criminals and repeat offenders
- Put enough cops on the streets to protect our neighborhoods
- ensure that local governments are given the tools to ensure that enough cops and firefighters are on the streets to keep us safe.
- ensure clean air and water for future generations by holding polluters accountable.
- restore the Market Value Homestead Credit to erase these increases.
- support a tax policy that spreads the burden fairly. Wealthy Minnesotans should pay the same percentage in taxes as do middle and working class Minnesotans
- adequately funding K-12 education to prevent local school districts from further increases in class sizes and cuts to teachers and educational opportunities
- make sure our communities continue to be great places to live, work and raise a family
- stand up against the anti-worker forces that are misleading Minnesotans with their anti-middle class, so-called ‘right to work’ amendment
- be sure that our seniors are well cared for and they have security
- work for a balanced approach to our budget shortfall. We need to make cuts, raise revenue, and stimulate jobs make reasonable increases in revenue by asking the wealthiest Minnesotans to pay their fair share
- Provide access to quality early childhood education
- Some call for little to no government; I work for good government
- balance the budget and make plans to pay back the money that we have borrowed from K-12 schools
- work for the northern Ramsey County suburbs in transportation and transit issues
- enhance our great K-12 public schools system.
- support of equal access to state recognition of marriages for all Minnesotans
- shift education funding back to the state and away from local levies.
- single-payer, comprehensive health plan for all Minnesotans. Failing that, we need to create effective public medical insurance exchanges so everyone is eligible for a group health insurance plan
- invest in industries that will provide stable, long-term employment at livable wages
- fight against any proposed anti-immigrant legislation such as that which has been passed in some other states
- Expand the base of the sales tax and remove unfair tax loopholes
- ensure that unnecessary regulation does not inhibit growth and target new industries that show great potential for growth
- invest in our future workforce and demand the highest standards from students, parents, teachers and administrators alike
provide stable and adequate funding for education, ensuring the greatest impact for every dollar spent.
- demand accountability and excellence from students, parents, teachers and administrators, utilizing every tool available to gauge the growth of our students and to intervene where we see children falling behind.
- employ a zero based budgeting process to identify areas of excellence, redundance and waste.
- stabilize our State revenue system and create a more competitive business climate.
- reorganize, streamline and find efficiencies in state government.
- work in concert with the business sector, so that we eliminate unnecessary obstacles and barriers to pursuing new frontiers for energy exploration, particularly for our out-state communities who are desperate to harness the economic growth that will accompany this exploration.
- fight the spread of aquatic invasive species and will continue to be a strong advocate on behalf of the Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR)
- explore a multi-modal transportation system to give more and more Minnesotans access to transit options and grow the transportation infrastructure of the future
- keep what’s working for businesses and ensure programs and incentives directly impact job growth in Minnesota
- restore (educational) funding and rein in overhead costs so individuals can meet their full potential and our businesses will have an educated workforce
- Invest in early childhood education (ECE)
- partner with business more to create curriculum that properly prepares students for real-world work opportunities.
- close the achievement gap
- pass another anti-bullying bill
- take a serious look at balancing and simplifying our tax structure
- End accounting gimmicks, uncontrolled borrowing and favoritism that have lowered our state’s credit rating, put our education system in jeopardy and funded campaigns rather than funding what’s important to Minnesotans.
- Take a comprehensive and balanced approach that considers taxes (revenue), spending (investments), and tax expenditures (tax credits, favoritisms and loopholes). Single-facets approaches are meant to win elections, not produce responsible budgets.
- Ensure effective and efficient operations by capping overhead to ensure our tax dollars are going directly into programs, not administrative waste. Review programs and Departments for return-on-investment on a regular basis.
- Set priorities and implement long-range, strategic planning. In order to end uncontrolled borrowing, we need set prioritize and then invest wisely. Priorities are based first on necessity and then on a vision on what it means to live in and do business in Minnesota.
- Require upfront return-on-investment analysis and ongoing measurements to ensure wise investing. This past session, the Office of the Legislative Auditor reported an appalling lack of “fiscal notes” (financial analysis) that are supposed to accompany proposed legislation.
- Increase transparency and criteria. In 2011, the legislature submitted a $34 billion budget but hid $23 billion in tax expenditures. Audrey will co-author legislation that requires putting the entire state budget on the books for review each budget cycle.
- support returning veterans seeking employment, strengthening veteran-preference programs, expanding home-based programs for elderly and disabled veterans, and ensuring programs adequately represent women and minority veterans
- get various (regulating, environment related) agencies to coordinate efforts, implement long-range planning and eliminate duplicative oversight and services
- repair, preserve and restore the Capitol building
- vote No on the ballot on November 6 (Voter ID)
- Do not repeal the official moratorium on the discussion of nuclear energy in Minnesota
- light rail transit; improved road maintenance and safety and reducing traffic.
- small class sizes, a safe learning environment and adequate learning resources.
- providing stable streams of education funding
- stop taking money away from education to balance our budget
- create new sources of revenue by reducing loopholes and subsidies.
- tax reform, skills training and partnerships between the private and public sector.
- quality public education system that allows all children to achieve
- A transportation system that provides well-maintained roads and highways
- efficient mass transit, including light rail.
- support long-term investment in education to create a world class workforce, economic growth, and an attractive environment for investment in Minnesota
- implement a simplified, transparent tax code and regulatory environment so that business can invest in Minnesota with confidence.
- eliminate unfair loopholes and will provide a predictable revenue stream to fund vital government programs while protecting vulnerable citizens.
- support the continued advancement of (clean energy) industry
Endorsed Candidate: Linda Slocum
- address Minnesota’s budget crisis through a balanced approach that includes government reforms while protecting the middle class from burdensome tax increases
- address different modes of transportation to move our citizenry to and from their jobs, and other needs
- make sure our roads are properly maintained and that bus routes are set up to run more effectively between our communities.
- ensure access and enhance quality so that our Families will have the benefits and services they need so they aren’t making the hard choice between paying for food, housing or medicine
- make sure that education is properly funded from early childhood through higher education.
- assure that Minnesota is creating jobs and opportunities that move individuals and families forward.
- I’m pro-business: I want Eagan and Burnsville to have so many businesses that the members of District 51A can choose where they want to work
- work for clean air and clean drinking water
- bring job growth back to Eagan by supporting small and growing businesses with lower property taxes and a plan to boost private sector investments in home-grown entrepreneurs.
- ensure that every student has the opportunity to achieve their best and that Minnesota keeps producing a highly skilled workforce.
- continue the progress being made with transportation investments in our region
- ensure that Minnesota is providing a quality education for all
- Businesses need an incentive to hire and retain new workers, and if elected I will pursue these incentives
- balance of environmental protections and access to lakes, rivers, forests, and state parks.
- support policies to control health care costs and widen coverage
- support growing green jobs
- Repair our state’s infrastructure helps plan for our future and will spur job growth for all.
- invest in their (our children’s) success through education.
- get our (Woodbury’s) fair share of transportation dollars to maintain the quality of our roads and highways.
- repay our schools and a long term plan to fund our schools
- ensure (public safety citizens) are properly trained, equipped and staffed to continue protecting our communities.
- protect our lakes and rivers from invasive species
- simplify the property tax system and reinstate the homestead credit
- provide incentives to current Minnesota businesses to hire and retain new employees – including our returning veterans, the unemployed and students graduating from post-secondary institutions
- encourage the development of new manufacturing jobs in the clean/renewable energy industry
- reform and simplify our tax system so that we can reduce the property tax burden for middle class Minnesotans, provide competitive tax rates for Minnesota small businesses and spur job creation
- bring an enthusiasm and passion to improve our area to the State Capitol, and will work to fund the Grand Round Missing Link and Granary Road.
- increasing transit and transportation choices and safety for all our residents
- support Governor Dayton’s move to opt out of No Child Left Behind
- fully fund early childhood education
- Our University of Minnesota, which is the economic engine of the entire state, needs more state resources
- work to keep Brownfield funds flowing to local government
- make sure that Clean Water and Legacy funds are put to proper use in the district, restoring natural resources like our Mississippi River, and stabilizing stream banks to protect drinking water for future generations
- push for resources that aid Mississippi development
- use state resources to encourage and reward residents and businesses that create less waste and rely on renewable, cleaner energy sources
- vote against the amendment and work vigorously to defeat it
- preserve Neighborhood Revitalization Program as a real neighborhood-based program
- foster additional owner-occupied housing to help stabilize neighborhoods that are becoming increasingly transient, and we must ensure that rental buildings are safe for the tenants who live there.
- make the most affluent among us pay their fair share of taxes
- Universal access to affordable health care whether unemployed, self-employed or involved in a small business.
- Health care cost containment through changes that promote health, prevention and universal coverage, all of which have been demonstrated to reduce overall health costs.
- Assuring that health insurance requirements encourage the use of prevention visits and diagnostic tests such as cholesterol screenings, Mammograms, etc. Diane will work against the movement towards increased use of catastrophic plans that do not support regular ongoing preventative care.
- Access to affordable prescription drugs for all in a manner that doesn’t put out of business the local drug stores on which we all depend for immediately needed prescriptions.
- Helping seniors make the right choices in accessing the new federal Medicare Drug benefit.
Continuing support for home care.
- An improved system of options when home care isn’t enough.
- Reducing the health dollars that go to administration and overhead instead of care. This would include discouraging the advertising of prescription drugs and promoting the use of electronic medical records and more cost effective approaches to billing.
- Address the growing workforce shortages in health care, including the development of effective career ladders and affordable and accessible training for mid-career health workers.
- reduce smoking, obesity, drug use and teen pregnancy and to make sure families get of to a health start must continue to be a key public strategy
- School funding policies should be revamped so every child has access to a public education of equal quality, whether born in a wealthy suburb or in a more diverse and challenged community like Minneapolis
- reestablish higher education as a priority and assure affordable access not only to high school graduates but also adults who must retrain as job demands change.
- State funding must adequately sustain them (libraries) and recognize the Central Library of Minneapolis as the research support library for all Minnesotans
- Companies that reflect these (certain) values and hire Minnesota taxpayers should be given priority in selecting companies for state contracts.
- Use state policy to build an economy based on full-time jobs that support workers basic needs
- Increase the minimum wage and index it for inflation
- Support the role of labor in providing an important collective voice for workers
- Create purchasing pools, assistance in reaching out to new markets, and other supports to help small businesses effectively compete and grow.
- provide tax relief for small businesses statewide that expand and offer good jobs
- Maintain the Dislocated Worker program and other supports for laid off workers.
- Restore the cuts in child care assistance so children can be served in quality settings with fairly compensated child care workers
- Ensure Minneapolis gets its fair share in funding formulas.
- Innovative approaches to service delivery that reduce costs and get better results.
- Minimize the reliance on property taxes.
- Reliable state partnership in funding locally delivered but state mandated services.
- State partnership in redevelopment of our riverfront. This should include addressing past pollution and promoting environmentally conscious design and development.
- Protect the natural habitat for wildlife and birds.
- More opportunities for recreation and the enjoyment of nature.
- Pollution cleanup tied to revitalizing redevelopment of industrial properties.
- clean energy and reducing vehicle emissions.
- Improvements in transit and commuter and recreational bikeways in our area.
- wetland preservation and water quality enhancements.
- Policies that promote wise use of limited resources and environmentally conscious community and building design
- invest soundly in our city and in our state’s infrastructure, in the small business sector, and in middle class communities, we have the opportunity to turn our economy around
- put Minnesotans to work rebuilding our transportation and educational infrastructure.
- fight so that Minnesota’s wealthiest individuals and corporations pay their fair share
- Address Minnesota’s achievement gap
- fight any attempt to place the blame of our struggling schools on the backs of our teachers
- work to ensure that Minnesota can continue to produce the educated and skilled workforce our local business leaders have come to rely upon and will need to thrive in the future
- fight for a progressive state and local tax structure
- advocate for and support the Minnesota Health Plan, a single-payer healthcare system
- protect the land, air, and water for current and future generations
- advocate for equal rights for all Minnesotans
- equality for all Minnesota families
- support full funding of quality child care for working class families
- Close the gap between students of color and white students
- support strategies aimed to eliminate health disparities, fund initiatives to promote safe and healthy communities, and universal health care coverage for all children, such as in the Minnesota Children’s Health Security Act
- promote initiatives that will protect natural ecosystems, promote toxic waste reduction, fund the development of alternative energy, help us reduce dependence on dirty coal, and reduce airport noise
- support the expansion of public transportation that will be accessible to all residents of the Twin Cities.
- support investments in affordable housing
invest in education, research, and infrastructure promote economic development
- religions should have the right and responsibility to decide their practices around marriage
- support same sex unions and protect GLBT rights and the rights of their children
- expand all-day kindergarten and intensive reading programs
- advocate for transportation funding that includes bus and rail transit as well as roads rather than a “roads-only” policy
- build more rail transit in the metro area and a faster train to Chicago
- push MSP to meet its commitments for noise insulation
- vote to support the principles in Roe v. Wade
- support labor’s position on prevailing wage, workers compensation and the right to organize
- ensure every child in St. Paul has access to higher education
- work toward equal rights and human rights for all Minnesotans
- champion all those St. Paul institutions in the arts and environment
Endorsed Candidate: Rena Moran
Rena Moran on Facebook
Rena Moran on Twitter
create jobs for community members and help get Minnesotans back to work
make sure that future development protects and respects the thriving culture and emerging small businesses in the area
work to ensure that they survive through central corridor light rail construction and beyond
create greater transparency, reporting and accountability in public investments to ensure hiring equity for low-income and communities of color
extend funding for job training and support, raise the minimum wage to a livable wage, and will advocate for a mandatory number of sick days for all employees
ensure that our welfare-to-work program is supported through job training and education opportunities and a fully funded child care subsidy program for the working poor
create a more equitable system by investing in education to reduce class size, expand proven programs and work to close the achievement gap between students of color and white students
improve affordability and accessibility of higher education
supports a single-payer, universal healthcare system. The Minnesota Health Plan is a solution that will address access, quality and cost
eliminate racial profiling and protect our civil liberties and privacy, while also working tirelessly toward a system that allows ex-offenders who have served their sentence every opportunity to re-enter society in fair, productive and meaningful way.
- support school readiness programs, good community schools including after-school youth programs and active adult learning including a vibrant, world-class university system
- move to single-payer health care coverage
- support regional transportation choices, active environmental education, strong waste reduction
- efforts, and sustainable agricultural development
- bring our individual interests to a common table, work together for our common future