Taxes and Regulation
Reducing taxes and the equivalent regulatory burden on the average Minnesotan. Because of increases in taxes and health care costs, as well as other government-imposed regulations, many Minnesotans have seen their net discretionary income fall backward. A Seifert administration will allow the average Minnesotan to keep more of what they earn.
Size of Government
Abolishment of three cabinet departments, in addition to complete elimination of the Metropolitan Council. Over a one-year period, the functions no longer required will be eliminated and needed functions will be transferred to local units of government or other cabinet departments. The departments will include Health, Labor & Industry and Corrections. Functions maintained will chiefly be folded into Human Services, Commerce and Public Safety. All other departments will be asked to reduce their budgets by a minimum of 7%. Part of the regulatory reform to save consumers' costs will be complete repeal of the Next Generation Energy Act.
Marty Seifert is a solid supporter of the 2nd Amendment and believes it is a fundamental right. Seifert received an "A" rating from the NRA as a legislator and he is a member of the NRA. Growing up on the family farm, responsible firearm use was part of his way of life. Seifert opposes any new gun control and would swiftly veto any bill that contained any gun control. Seifert opposes any registration or magazine limits and supports reciprocity for Right to Carry and the Castle Doctrine. He also supports current law on state preemption that disallows any local government from enacting gun control.
Sanctity of Life
Marty Seifert and Rep. Pam Myhra are strong Pro-Life advocates. Seifert would sign into law bills to protect life, including: Fetal Pain legislation, ending taxpayer funding of abortion, and ending "webcam" abortions. As a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, Seifert voted for Pro-Life bills 100% of the time. He has worked with Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) to pass Pro-Life legislation. Seifert is also a strong supporter of Minnesota's Anti-Assisted Suicide laws.
Improve our transportation system. This will include halting the construction of the $1.5 billion Southwest Light Rail Transit line and a better focus on expansion and improvement of roads & bridges in all of Minnesota. The rail line has not passed a cost-benefit analysis, is very controversial and will permanently degrade the environment along Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis. Bus rapid transit has proven to be a more cost effective and flexible transit model than an expensive and fixed rail line. Roads and bridges are used by over 90% of our state's population and need to be the major focus for transportation.
Stopping any attempt to release dangerous sex offenders into our community. The long-term goal will be to restructure sentencing for those we are mad at and aim resources for imprisonment of those we are afraid of. Giving "treatment" to people who have raped sixty times for over $135,000 per year does not make sense when they should be incarcerated permanently for less than $38,000 per year.
Reform the public education system to make it the best in the country. Article XIII of the Minnesota Constitution requires a uniform system of public schools. Marty takes that responsibility seriously. He will ask the legislature to put a lid on any erosion of teacher-student instruction contact time that has taken place over the past few decades. Student success depends on quality academic instruction and the time for that instruction to take place. He will also seek to give parents more choices in which to send their children to schools that succeed. Minnesota's educational curriculum is best developed by parents, teachers, school board members and our communities, not federal bureaucrats. Seifert strongly oppose No Child Left Behind and any involvement in "Common Core" federal curriculum schemes.
Obamacare and Mark Dayton's full implementation of Obamacare is hurting Minnesota families through more expensive care and loss of coverage. 280,000 Minnesotans lost their plan or had to change plans because of Obamacare. Marty Seifert believes it is important to change the board members of MNsure and do everything possible to increase choice and competition in the state to lower costs, including allowing more companies to offer insurance here.