Grace Baltich -- Fighting to put Minnesota on a path to prosperity
I am running for State Representative because I am passionate about improving people's lives. I know that we can work together to improve the quality of life we enjoy in Minnesota and preserve our commitment to greatness for the next generation.
Fighting for a Middle Class Jobs
Creating jobs should be the top priority of the next legislature. Without a living wage, Minnesota families can't put food on the table or contribute to our communities. I will fight to put Minnesotans back to work like we have for decades, by investing in our highly-educated workforce. We must expand job retraining and stop the ever-increasing barriers to higher education. We can also rebuild and modernize our lagging infrastructure and public assets while putting thousands back to work in the hard-hit construction industry.
Fighting for World Class Schools
I believe that a great education can open up a world of possibilities. The thought of my daughter receiving an education worth less than mine is disheartening. This is why I have consistently advocated for education funding reform to create predictable, sustainable, and equitable school investments for our children starting with early-childhood through higher education. With long-term reform, our classroom teachers and school leaders can create stronger programs to tackle the problems facing schools today. In addition, I will fight to implement a responsible plan to pay back the $2.4 billion debt to our schools.
Fighting for an Honest Budget
These last two years, I saw the legislature use every short-term budget gimmick they could find to try and balance the budget. In the end, they had used up every trick in the book. I am appalled that they took over $2.4 billion from our schools. At a cost of over $500 million, they also borrowed future tobacco settlement revenue to close the budget hole. This gross misuse and waste of taxpayer dollars has to stop! In addition, some legislators continue to mislead the public by claiming to have created a budget surplus, despite still owing our children billions. I will always be open and honest about Minnesota's budget situation. I oppose using one-time budget gimmicks to balance our state's budget. We must consider the long-term fiscal health of our state by looking at every available option to balance the budget using an honest and open approach.
Fighting to Expand Freedom
Earlier this year, the legislature wasted hour after hour to debate and vote on two discriminatory constitutional amendments. I oppose these amendments, not only because they embed discrimination into our state's constitution, but also because they will deny basic freedoms to hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans. Our state's constitution should be used to expand rights, not restrict them. I ask you to join me in voting NO on both constitutional amendment questions on the ballot this November.