A Progressive Budget that Puts People First
We can’t move our residents or our state forward without addressing the basics. A progressive tax policy should provide adequate revenues so that our families and communities have the services they depend on, our economy grows good jobs, and our environment is protected. Subsidies for profitable big developments can’t keep taking resources from education and other key responsibilities.
A record of results
- Diane helped pass progressive tax reform that raised taxes on the top 2% of earners which enabled us to pay back over $800 million borrowed from our schools, provide increases in education (including a higher education tuition freeze), and more support for critical city and county services.
- Diane worked in a bipartisan way to help seniors and others with disabilities secure the care they need while remaining in the community. Current law requires them to live on funds below the poverty level – a struggle that poor health makes even more difficult.
- Diane authored housing assistance grants that have helped our lowest income families avoid the use of expensive homeless shelters. More importantly, it has kept many kids from the disruption of homelessness which has been shown to hold back educational progress.
- Diane helped increase the sliding scale tax refund programs that help both homeowners and renters.
But more needs to be done
- Diane will continue to author progressive tax policies. She will continue to give tax relief to workers, homeowners, renters, seniors and small businesses while ensuring large successful international businesses and the wealthy pay their fair share.
- Diane will push for a progressive budget that prioritizes investments in our communities and our future. Subsidies for profitable big developments can’t keep taking resources from education and other key responsibilities.
- Diane will prioritize getting rid of the long waiting lists that unfairly deny access to needed help. Thousands of working families are waiting years to get help from the sliding fee child care fund which could get their children into higher quality care during the critical brain development years from birth to three. Over 5,000 persons with disabilities wait as long as decades to get the support services that would enable them to lead more satisfying, productive (and often less costly) lives of greater independence.
- Diane will push to have all parts of the state be able to offer similar opportunities at similar costs.
- The courts are forcing us to make changes when the services and wait times are inadequate, while in the past Minnesota used to lead out of a moral concern for all residents. It’s not fair that all are served in some counties while others endure long waits or more stringent prioritization. All should have equal access to state funded programs, no matter where in Minnesota they live.