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Candidate views: Minnesota House District 3B

Mary Murphy I'm running for re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives to finish what we started and I think that will take at least four more years. I believe the 2013-14 sessions were the most productive since the Minnesota Miracle o...

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Mary Murphy

I’m running for re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives to finish what we started and I think that will take at least four more years. I believe the 2013-14 sessions were the most productive since the Minnesota Miracle of the 1970s.

When we began in January 2013, Minnesota faced a $600 million deficit. We owed our schools over $800 million and property taxes were rising. We set priorities and took the state in a different direction, by investing in hardworking families and middle-income Minnesotans.

Legislation was enacted that balanced the budget and created reserves higher than ever. We paid back the money borrowed from our schools. The Homestead Tax credit was reinstated and property taxes were reduced for many families. Wages increased for nursing home workers and home health care workers. The economy is changing for the better and new jobs are being created statewide.

I’m proud to be a part of the leadership that is responsible for these historic investments and gains. I am excited to see how hard our communities are working to build on this positive momentum.

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At this time of the campaign people are sharing their thoughts and I really appreciate that. I am hearing that Education should continue to be our first priority. We should continue investing in our students from the very youngest to freezing tuition and supporting the state grant program for college students.

The next issue should be the development of a bipartisan, statewide, comprehensive transportation plan that improves our roads, bridges, and public transit.

 In the coming session we have to do more work to expand women’s economic security to Minnesota families as well as ensuring that older Minnesotans who want to stay in their homes are helped to do so.

These are our goals for continued progress.

Wade Fremling

I'm Wade Fremling, and I want to be your next representative for District 3B, which includes Proctor, Hermantown and Two Harbors and townships Midway, Solway, Canosia, Rice Lake, Normanna, Duluth Township, Lakewood and City of Duluth precincts 11 and 23.

Transportation is one of my many hot buttons. While doing research on transportation, I found that as our budget has increased to over $33 billion, spending on our infrastructure has remained flat. We need to get back to kitchen table economics, putting first things first, just like you do in your own home.

Health care affects everyone of us. In 2010, 37 percent of our budget went to health care. Today it's at 41 percent and our most vulnerable citizens, the elderly and disabled, are not getting the care they have earned and deserve. As your representative, I will call for a comprehensive audit of our health care budget to eliminate waste.

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I've worked for small businesses my entire life, as do most of our friends and family. I have seen how regulation, for regulation's sake, can harm small business. My opponent has voted 90 percent of the time against our small businesses. Yes, regulation is necessary, but over-regulation stifles our economic engine. Common sense regulation is the key to our economic future.

On taxes, I believe we have plenty of money. As a state we need to increase our tax base. To do this, we would build the Sandpiper pipeline, bringing much-needed energy to our country. Let's get our copper-nickel mines up and running. The Duluth Corridor is the richest deposit in our country, and Minnesotans can do this in a responsible manner.

As a dad and grandfather, I want my children and grandchildren to have the ability to stay here.

I look forward to working for you. Vote for Wade Fremling on Nov. 4.

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