Values & Vision
Building an ambitious Education system
We can’t begin the work of building our future without investing in our kids. They will be the builders, thinkers, creators, and doers of tomorrow. We know that we have a persistent opportunity gap, that kids are coming to school unprepared, that opportunities for hands-on technical experience are dwindling, and that we face a teacher shortage both across the state and across disciplines.
We know all of this, yet our current political climate has built a wall around the bold ideas we need to change the shape of our education system. I’ve seen teachers, administrators, and parents in every pocket of the state come together and approach an issue facing their community with creativity and tenacity. And it’s working. We can and we should do more to match them in their pursuit.
And when our kids get through high school we absolutely must make sure they have access to the post-secondary option of their choosing and that it is affordable for them to pursue it with fervor. Banks and the federal government are making a buck off our young people and it puts their future and ours at risk.
I support universal pre-k for our kids, investments in our K-12 education system that will exceed inflation and give our educators the tools they need, and making college more affordable while also offering expanded refinancing options and creating an office of the ombudsperson for student debt to help those that have already graduated.
Building a Healthcare infrastructure that works
For too long, our health care systems have placed the profits of corporate interests above patients and workers, not only compromising the care of individuals, but the health of our future.
In our pursuit of healthcare that puts patients and consumers first, a single-payer system must be our end goal. While much of the progress on a single-payer system rests with the federal government, Minnesota can lead by opening up Minnesota Care to everyone and contracting directly with providers. Putting providers and Minnesotans back in control of their care, and giving providers the opportunity to do their best work, will drive better values and most importantly, outcomes.
In addition to ensuring that Minnesotans have access to quality, affordable care, we must also invest in our healthcare workforce. Training programs that target nurses, home healthcare workers, and others will help meet the needs of patients, while also revitalizing local economies across the state.
I support single-payer health care, continued investments in regenerative medicine and forward-looking actions that help us prepare the health care workforce our state will need in the coming years.
Building the Economy of our Future
We need an economy that is accessible and allows everyone the opportunity to build the life of their choosing. This includes leveling the playing field with paid family leave and earned sick leave, making college more affordable, investing in infrastructure and broadband, and supporting the Main Street businesses that contribute to our state and local economies.
But we can’t stop there and a winning strategy won’t be continuing to solely attract and steal jobs from other states. We can and we should create jobs here at home. In Minnesota, we make things, we build things, and we heal things. We have a premier research university and institutions that are using science to solve some of our biggest challenges, like clean water. Let’s rise to the occasion and build the economy of our future!
Building a more Inclusive state
After this past election, and with the fear of loss in the next election, I’ve heard from too many that we shouldn’t be talking about issues like racism, sexism, religious oppression, or transphobia, that these issues will only further divide us. But I believe that creating our future means confronting the systemic ways in which communities in our state have been disadvantaged or shut out.
In nursing you can’t just walk away from a patient without addressing their needs and their health. The same goes for the tough conversations around inclusion and equity. While these issues may feel divisive and uncomfortable to talk about, we cannot turn away. When we engage with and listen to one another, we build a stronger, more diverse, and more unified state in which everyone’s future is bright.