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BONNIE'S LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

Minnesota is rated one of the best quality-of-life states.  But we still face many challenges. Here are Bonnie's top legislative priorities.

Transportation

I will work to fund a comprehensive transportation package, including a long-term plan for repairing and maintaining our transportation infrastructure, which will lift more Minnesotans out of poverty, expand transit service in rural communities, and help narrow racial disparities. 

  • Efficient, affordable, and accessible transportation
  • Rapid transit lines across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, that will help put 500,000 more Minnesotans within a 30-minute commute of jobs
  • Modernized gas tax dedicated to our roads and bridges

Job creation and the economy

I will help develop an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy few.

  • Keep Minnesota a competitive place to do business, for small, family-owned businesses and large companies alike
  • Create more opportunities for low-income Minnesotans to fully engage in the economy
  • Institute paid time off for employees to care for a sick family member or new baby
  • Help and encourage employers to recruit, attract, train and retain a more diverse workforce
  • Ensure paid time for sick leave
  • Confront the challenge of racial and economic disparities
  • Invest in the infrastructure of our colleges and universities, which are facing facility needs, such as repairing leaking roofs and cracked walls
  • Invest in the maintenance of our economic infrastructure, including bonding investments that create good-paying jobs and increase private investment opportunities
  • Increase private investment
  • Improve incomes for all Minnesotans so that everyone has the opportunity to earn a good living, support their family, and retire securely
  • Strengthen our state's economy
  • Invest in minority-owned businesses and small businesses

Education

I will work to eliminate the achievement/opportunity gap, expand learning opportunities, and ensure that Minnesota continues to have one of the most highly educated workforces in the nation.

  • Increase funding for early childhood and k-12 education
  • Attract and retain quality teachers
  • Adopt student loan forgiveness programs
  • Ensure proper funding for all schools, regardless of their zip code
  • Invest in professional development for our educators
  • Work toward a better ratio of students to school counselors (currently 754 to 1)
  • Implement high quality preschool for 4-year-olds and push for more investment in early childhood education
  • Improve education at every level
  • Making higher education more affordable by holding down tuition costs and reducing student debt

Healthcare

I want to hold up “the Minnesota Model” of healthcare delivery as a way to make our healthcare systems more cost-effective by rewarding health care providers for outcomes rather than paying them for the number of services they provide.  As your State Senator, I will:

  • Promote policies that reward healthcare providers for outcomes rather than more expensive fee-per-service healthcare delivery
  • Hold insurance companies accountable for their responsibility to cover mental healthcare services just as they cover physical healthcare 
  • Provide access to affordable high-quality healthcare and improved health outcomes
  • Invest in services for seniors in nursing homes, children in our mental health system, the working poor to ensure access to quality care for all of our citizens
  • Ensure adequate support for the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) and other prevention initiatives
  • Develop our mental health system to better meet the needs of Minnesotans who have mental illnesses and/or chemical dependency issues

 



Prepared and Paid for by Bonnie Westlin for MN Senate, 8926 Olive Ln N, Maple Grove, MN 55311 Phone: 612-500-8989
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