Watch CTC/Charter Channels 8 & 15 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays through November 3 for interviews of the candidates who participated in "Candid Conversations with Candidates." The Senate District 10 candidate interviews will air between 3:30 and 4 p.m. on those days. (Crosslake Communications Channel 12 also will broadcast Crosslake-area races during the month of October.) All candidates were invited to participate.
Senate District 10
What is the most pressing issue facing Senate District 10 in the next year? How will you recommend addressing that issue?
Jobs! We continue to have highest unemployment in the state. Every budget decision should be measured against whether it supports or hurts job growth. We must continue to work with CLC, MNSCU, educators and business sector to create public policy that will encourage training alignment with specific needs of employers.
What is your position about sharing services, equipment and other resources to improve efficiencies, services or reduce costs with other local units of government given the limited resources available today? If you are supportive of exploring options, what process or priorities would you recommend?
Sharing services just makes good economic sense. Crosslake and Crow Wing County share a joint services facility that works very well. We should encourage all LUGs to cooperate and communicate with each other to save tax dollars.
How will you support the health of the business community if elected?
Minnesota's tax climate must be made more competitive in order to continue our strong quality of life and to retain job providers, attract investors and expand economic development. Reform and simplify taxes, lower rates and broaden the base. Stop new rule making, roll back excessive regulation, grow the private sector.