No one should have to weigh their options between getting the care they need and buying groceries for their family. Rationing life-saving medicine, like insulin, should be a tragic thing of the past. We should be able to know what kind of costs to expect when we need to see a doctor or get a prescription. Most of all, pharmaceutical and insurance companies should not be putting their profits over our well-being. Our health is not a commodity.
Minnesotans deserve access to quality healthcare at an affordable price that doesn’t depend on how much money you make.
As Carver County continues to grow, the needs of our community grow too. These needs include mental health. Now, more than ever, our farmers, our children, and our neighbors need some support - and that’s ok! We must work to expand mental health services to rural communities and lower the counselor-to-student ratio in our schools so we can ensure a bright future for our residents.
I come from a family of educators, so I know the importance of a great public school education. Here in Carver County, we have some of the best schools in the state, but we’re still relying on referendums to make up for the funding our schools have been starved of by the legislature in past years. It’s time to ensure the tax dollars we already spend are being put to work to properly fund our schools, and give teachers the tools they need to give our children the world-class education they need.
I support legalization of recreational marijuana. Legalization and regulation creates an entirely new source of revenue that the state can dedicate to infrastructure, schools, healthcare, research, etc. Regulation by the state, similar to alcohol, would result in a safer product for users. Legalization would relieve pressure on our over-crowded prisons currently housing great numbers of people on non-violent marijuana offenses, and free up our police officers to focus on serious crimes and violence. Farmers should be free to grow hemp and marijuana on their farms. Doctors should be able to have the option to prescribe a medical marijuana product before they need to prescribe an addictive opioid. At minimum, Minnesotan voters should be able to decide whether they want to pursue legalization with a question on the ballot.
Our parks, lakes, rivers, farms, and hunting grounds are some of the most precious assets we have in Carver County and they must be preserved for future generations. There is no more time to waste in taking steps to address the climate crisis. We must take action to reduce carbon-emissions, protect our land, clean air, and clean water, and create jobs in sustainable energy. Many of us moved away from the Twin Cities and out to Carver County for our idyllic landscape, and we have to step up to the challenge - so our children and our children’s children can enjoy the same way of life we do.
The thriving downtown areas of cities like Victoria, Chaska, Chanhassen, and Watertown wouldn’t be possible without the investment of small businesses in our communities, and the community’s support of those local businesses. I support small businesses and their investment in a local labor force. Our cities and townships know what’s right for them and I support their right to make those decisions to further the local economy and continue to make Carver County the greatest place to live.
It’s tough for businesses and families in rural areas of our county to get access to reliable internet and phone services. I support statewide expansion of broadband.