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.
Ensure 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 voted in favor of the Police Accountability Act, which instituted bi-partisan reforms in response to the events in Minneapolis.
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.