Affordable healthcare continues to be a great need and viable rural hospitals are the much-needed hub of many communities. We need to protect our health care workers who are on the frontline everyday. Expanding access to mental health services by tele-health is important, especially, during the pandemic.
I support fully funding public education and fully funding of special education and ESL to lessen the burden on school districts. We must rely on reputable sources when making decisions about our children in distance, hybrid, or in-person learning and include educators in all discussions. I support providing benefit packages that attract and retain qualified educators.
With the farmland and lakes surrounding our community we must protect our natural environment. I am committed to protect our soil, fight for clean air, and make sure our water is safe. I want to make sure that future generations can continue to enjoy the environment. I support an increased use of renewable energy to create new jobs and a healthier environment.
Broadband internet is a right that everyone in our community deserves to have access to. This issue has been made more evident during the pandemic and it is vital that we address this need. I will fight to have broadband internet affordable and accessible as it is keeping us connected today.
Minnesota legislators will need to work in unison with businesses to figure out how to climb out of the difficult unemployment crisis created by COVID-19. I promise to work with businesses big and small in our community to figure out what we need to do going forward.
Early childhood learning is important for children to grow. I want to target low-income families in our community to support their child's learning. I support universal access to early childhood and pre-kindergarten programs. We must have living wages and benefits for early childhood educators.
Growing up on a farm, I can appreciate my neighbors who work the land. Environmental research is needed to help farmers find methods that are good for future generations and good for their bottom line. The 2020 pandemic has taught us how important it is to rebuild our local food infrastructure.