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 invest in education at all levels from pre-k to higher education 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.
  • 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. She successfully fought proposals to end the renters credit, a program of great value to modest income renters and seniors.
  • Diane has actively fought Republican tax proposals targeted to the most wealthy and successful large businesses. She is a consistent voice for the needs of ordinary working Minnesotans.
  • Diane took on the many years long waiting lists for sliding fee child care assistance and the funding supports that enable persons with disabilities to live more independently in the community. Some wait lists are gone and others are dramatically shorter with wait times of many years reduced to 90 days for persons with developmental disabilities.

But more needs to be done

  •  Diane will continue to author progressive tax policies. Minnesota faces years of difficult work trying to keep our tax policies progressive after the Republicans in Congress passed sweeping tax system overhauls that favor the most wealthy and big corporations. Diane’s working on that now as a DFL lead on taxes. 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 businesses and developments can’t keep taking resources from education and other key responsibilities.
  • Diane will prioritize getting rid of the remaining 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.

It’s not fair that all are served in some, mostly rural, 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.

It’s not fair that property tax burdens are so much higher in the metro area than in greater MN. We should help rural areas get what they need to meet their people’s needs, such as access to broadband internet, and also meet unique metro needs such as a modern and reliable bus and transit system. We are one Minnesota and need to tone down the metro vs rural regional wars and focus on what is needed for all of Minnesota to be successful.