PRIORITIESLearn About Jeanne's Legislative Priorities
Minnesotans share the value of working together for the good of the whole. Growing up in a small rural farming community, Jeanne knows the importance of helping our neighbors and stepping up when there is work to be done. She knows there is little tolerance for unnecessary bickering and divisiveness. Finding common ground and sharing the load are crucial to making good common sense decisions and solving the problems that face Minnesotans.
Jeanne recognizes the importance of sustaining strong and vital rural communities and schools. Being a strong voice for rural residents is an important aspect of being a Greater MN legislator. Jeanne works with colleagues within her caucus and across the aisle to make sure they understand the needs and concerns of those who live in our small towns and regional centers. There are opportunities to help educate and enlighten other legislators who might not readily understand the differences we experience and who might not acknowledge the similarities we share. During the legislative session, Jeanne provides updated commentary of legislative action about agriculture and rural Minnesota issues on four regional radio stations, allowing her to be the voice of rural Minnesota across the state.
Jeanne strongly supports providing state assistance to sustain, maintain, and improve our way of life including transportation infrastructure and community water projects including drinking water and wastewater. We can’t do it alone! The goal of a functioning state government is to have common goals and shared resources so those who suffer the greatest need can get the support and assistance they need. We all are responsible for maintaining a safe and reliable road and bridge system. In rural Minnesota we depend on our highways to get us to school, work and market. Our sewer and water systems are aging and in dire need of repair. These are doable when we share the burden. We cannot expect citizens in our smallest towns shoulder the burden among the few. Our state colleges and universities need to be maintained so they can be around for generations to come. Capital Investment is a shared responsibility and a shared benefit.
Jeanne understands the need to have a balanced and fair tax system where small businesses, farmers, students, and seniors are not overly burdened. Paying taxes is the price we pay to live in a civilized society. As a state legislator it is necessary to make common sense decisions about where revenue should come from and how it should best be spent. For a number of years, college students were given higher and higher tuition bills and property taxes at the local level were increased in order to look as though there were no tax increases in the state. This is a deceiving way to manage our budget. Being transparent and forthright about where we are getting our money and what priorities on which we have to spend those tax dollars is the fairest and most honest way for us to treat our hard-working tax-payers.
Jeanne is a proud graduate of a small, rural, public school and advocates for continued support for all of our youth to have the same opportunities for education, which includes tried and true fundamentals along with access to advanced technology. Broadband accessibility and affordability is important throughout all of Minnesota. Our young people are growing up and getting ready for a world that changes rapidly and steadily at a much faster rate than any time in the past. When we give our young people the advantages they deserve, they will make good use of them and will be the problem solvers and critical thinkers we need in the future. If we short-change them, we limit the advancements we’re depending on them to bring forward.