Health care needs real reform. We should have a choice in private and/or government sponsored plans. I firmly believe in the power of competition and that more is better.
Companies that offer health insurance to their employees should receive tax benefits. Individuals should be able to qualify and purchase insurance, whether they apply as an individual or under a group plan, and receive a tax benefit for their premiums.
I believe that everyone should have, at minimum, catastrophic health insurance so they are participating in the system and eliminate the risk of being denied for preexisting conditions.
States should decide how they handle health insurance, not the federal government. I support keeping MinnesotaCare and using it as a public option in our state. We should make it available to all full-time Minnesotans regardless of age, income or preexisting conditions.
It is time we make some changes to our K-12 education system.
My belief is that students should have 10 strong years of basic education with an emphasis on reading, writing, mathematics, and science. The final two years would be spent preparing for college, trade school, or other specialized training. This would not only better prepare students for the increased demand in higher education and specialized training, but also reduce student loan debt.
I also believe in school choice. Every student is unique and thrive in different learning environments. Parents should have a choice as to where their tax dollars are spent on education. We are spending plenty of money on education. The task now is to spend it more efficiently.
Our first priority should be securing the border and keeping all Americans safe. We must enforce the laws that are already in place. Immigration is a great asset to America, but it must be done legally and through a vetting process. We are living in very challenging times and the more we can do to ensure safety is not only the right thing to do but also common sense.
Employers should pay employees a fair wage for the job they are to perform, regardless of who they are or where they are from.
We need to open a civil, statewide discussion on the ever increasing Refugee Resettlement program in our state. We need to start with an independent audit to determine the extra costs we are incurring for education, healthcare, and other benefits. I am proud that Minnesota is a compassionate state but costs incurred from this program are straining our state resources and should be funded by federal dollars.