Barb's stand on the issues.
I am deeply committed to representing our communities, tackling the issues that are important to you, and getting things done!
Tax Relief for Families
Minnesota ranks in the top ten in the nation across all tax categories, with the 3rd highest income tax rate. Barb will fight to help families keep more of their hard-earned money, eliminate state taxes on social security benefits, and support tax relief for main-street businesses, farmers and college graduates paying off student loans.
Government must live within its’ means and use your tax dollars responsibly. People also want government services to function well. I have advocated for additional accountability to weed out fraud and create transparency measures in our government agencies.
Public Safety & Security
I support the 2nd amendment and will never vote to defund the police. I value the work that our peace officers and first responders do every day with integrity and respect to keep our communities safe and protect our individual freedoms. I have voted for increased funding for our police officers and will continue to fight for additional staffing as well as better accountability in our judiciary process so that criminals don’t get reduced sentences.
Both of Barb’s parents were teachers so she understands the commitment & passion teacher’s bring and through her previous work with Every Hand Joined has kept informed on the new challenges facing our educators and school districts. Having served on two education committees, Barb has been a strong advocate for increasing access to early learning programs, equalizing rural school funding, increasing school safety and mental health funding, and providing local flexibility to best meet student needs.
To better prepare students for career opportunities, Barb authored multiple bills that were signed into law that established workforce development scholarships, youth skills training grants, student loan debt counseling.
Supporting Small Business
Barb has voted for significant property tax reductions for small businesses and supported eliminating burdensome regulations. She fiercely advocated for their safe re-opening during the Covid-19 shutdown and worked for passage of numerous small business relief packages. Our main street businesses and manufacturers are the lifeblood of our rural economies and I will continue working to support their recovery from this pandemic.
Barb voted for property tax cuts for farmers and supported the next generation of farmers through beginning farmer tax credits. She has taken a stand against government overreach on regulations by supporting a moratorium on ditch mowing enforcement, implementing buffer strip grace periods, and adding funding for noxious weeds and increasing weight limits for milk haulers. To help farmers who are navigating difficult financial times, she voted to extend the deadline for mediation and provide funds for loan origination fees.
Better Healthcare - Lower Costs
Since I took office, I have worked to ensure affordable, accessible health care close to home for our communities. I have voted for measures to reduce escalating insurance premiums, increase price transparency, lower drug costs, provide access to insulin, and boost competition.
Honoring Our Veterans
The men and women who have fought for our freedom and defended our nation deserve our support. I will always fight for veteran’s rights and work to make sure that our state is veteran friendly by supporting tax relief to veteran’s organizations, workforce training and re-entry, access to healthcare and housing, and support for veteran’s benefits.
Barb and Tim’s journey to adopting their two children involves a very significant personal story of living out their Christian pro-life values. Barb has co-authored the following pro-life bills: HF 0810 & HF 4403 –limiting state funding of abortions, HF 0812 – requiring abortion facilities to be licensed, HF 2998- choose life license plates, HF 1108 – physicians required to show ultrasound before abortion procedure, and in 2021 HF 0262 – the “fetal heartbeat” bill. Endorsed by MCCL and MN Family Council
Barb co-authored these bills following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shootings in Parkland, Fl in 2018. 2018 saw the most school shootings in the US in history. My colleagues and I began researching MN statutes that could be strengthened to restrict illegal purchases of firearms. HF 3490 increased penalty for gang members caught with illegal firearms. HF 2453 / HF 0346 increased penalty for transferring or selling firearms knowingly to an ineligible person. HF 2462 requiring judicially ordered firearm restriction for domestic abusers to be enforced. HF 4116 –bump stock sale banned to align with federal law passed by then President Trump.
After the tragedy of multiple school shootings across our country, I co-authored five bills on school safety and chief-authored HF 3797 (which passed & was signed into law) to equalize the funding that rural schools needed to hire School Resource Officers.
Most recently in 2021 I co-authored HF 131 – the “stand your ground” bill. I have fought against anti-2nd amendment bills like Red Flag laws.
Barb supports Voter I.D. as a co-author on HF 0293 and SF 0173 in 2021. She chief-authored HF 1518 as well to fight against voter fraud by instituting provisional balloting and outlawing any voter compensation methods such as bus tokens, food coupons, or any other enticements for voting.
The key to taking back legislative control over our elections and over-turning the changes that SOS Steve Simon and the DFL unconstitutionally instituted during COVID is WINNING in 2022.