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Legislative Survey Results

Friday, April 17, 2015

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I would like to thank everyone who participated in my 2015 Legislative Survey. Your input about issues being debated at the Capitol is important to me, and I appreciate your feedback.

Here are the results:

Governor Dayton and the Senate DFL majority have proposed adding a 6.5% sales tax to fuel sales to fund transportation projects. Do you support this proposal?

Yes                              21%

No                               71.1%

Undecided                   7.5%


Do you believe state funding for nursing homes and long-term care programs for seniors and the disabled should be:

Increased                     56.2%

Kept the Same            37.3%

Reduced                      6.1%


The February forecast showed that Minnesota is projected to have a $1.9 billion surplus for Minnesota's 2016-2017 budget. What should the legislature do with that money?

Increase Spending      8.1%  

Return it to Taxpayers  48.7%

Keep it in the Reserves 37.2%

Other                             5.8%


Do you support the funding and construction of the proposed Northern Lights Express (NLX Rail)?

Yes                              30.3%                         

No                               52.3% 

Undecided                   17.5%


Currently, in tight budgeting times school districts make layoff decisions based on teacher seniority. Some legislators are advocating for a reform that allows schools to also consider teacher effectiveness in those decisions. Do you support making this change?

Yes                              75.6%

No                               15.2%

Undecided                   8.8%


What mode of transportation do your normally use to get to work?

I drive myself             76.6%

I carpool                      3.4%

I take the bus              0.53%

I take the light rail      0.00%

Other                           19.5%


Do you support or oppose the federal court decision to prohibit hunting of gray wolves?

Support                       20.4%

Oppose                        59.1%

Undecided                   20.4%


From your perspective, what is the best way to grow jobs in Minnesota?

Increase state funding for construction projects across Minnesota  7%

Pass tax relief and incentives to encourage business growth and job creation        31%           

Limit state spending to the amount of revenue taken in and slow government growth            21%

Use surplus funds to offer income tax relief to taxpayers can keep more of their hard-earned money 7%

Raise taxes and increase spending on state programs                       0%

Increase education funding and focus on workforce development   11%

Other   2%

Combination of the above      21%


Once again, thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts with me! It's an honor to represent you in the Minnesota House, and I will continue to fight for the people and priorities of District 32A in the legislature.

As always, if you have any questions or comments on legislative issues, I welcome you to contact my office.

Have a wonderful weekend.