We need to get our economy moving again and keep us safe from COVID. We can and need to do both simultaneously. We can create new jobs right here by investing in roads, bridges, and infrastructure projects. At the same time, by working together and following commonsense and flexible guidelines, we can help keep our families, children, and co-workers safe.
In January of this year, I attended a “Legislative Breakfast” with Sherburne County Commissioners. The breakfast has held before the Special Election February 4th and before the regular legislative session. The County Commissioners asked all candidates and legislators attending to support their priorities to invest in local roads, bridges, and infrastructure projects in the bonding bill.
Sherburne County Commissioner’s Bonding Bill Priorities
- Number 1: seeking $24.76 million in bonding money for the Becker Business Park to help the energy industry redefine itself in and around the Sherco Power Plant in Becker.
- Number 2: was to seek bonding money for an overpass at County Road 4 in Zimmerman, which once the Elk River freeway project is complete will be the last remaining stoplight on a 75-mile stretch between I-94 and Mille Lacs (Jim Boyle, Monticello Times, Becker Business Park at the very top on the priority list of Sherburne County, January 17, 2020, https://www.hometownsource.com/monticello_times/community/big_lake/becker-business-park-at-very-top-on-priority-list-of-sherburne-county/article_e272c3f0-398a-11ea-b8aa-cfbde5d25c37.html).
- Number 3: Allocating resources to fix local roads.
All the candidates and legislators in attendance at the Sherburne County Commissioner’s Legislative Breakfast, including myself, pledged to support investing in local roads and infrastructure.
Despite his pledge, Paul Novotny voted against shovel ready economic stimulus projects, fighting the Governor’s efforts to keep us safe during COVID. After 3 Special Legislative Sessions, they cannot get their act together. Party-liners only huddle together, but we need commonsense solutions working together to get our economy moving again while keeping our kids, families, and co-workers safe from COVID. I keep my word.
I understand and can respect standing up for principles and voting for one’s values. But, playing games with creating jobs and public safety is another thing.
We Need Strong Leadership Willing to Do What is Right
We can rebuild our economy by focusing on where we need to go, working together, and thinking outside the box. By following commonsense and flexible guidelines, like wearing face covers and social distancing in public, we can help keep our families, children, and co-workers safe. I believe in calling balls and strikes, it doesn’t matter to me if the pitcher of a good idea is wearing a Republican or Democrat jersey. If it is good for Elk River, Big Lake, and Otsego, I’m going to take a swing at it.
I ask for your vote and support to be your new Minnesota State Representative for District 30A.