Julie Sandstede

Julie Sandstede

Address: Hibbing

Age: 48

Occupation: Teacher

Spouse/family: Husband, Evan, and children: Jacob, Grace and Jon

Memberships in organizations/clubs, legislative committees: Current legislative committees include K-12 Education Finance, Health and Human Services Policy, and Government Operations Policy Committees; currently conductor of the Hibbing City Band; member of the Hibbing Alumni Band and the Mesabi Symphony Orchestra; oversee staffing and curriculum for our church’s Primary Sunday School program; church choir conductor

Past experience as a candidate: Elected to the MN House of Representatives in 2016

Top priority: If elected, what is your top priority for the 2019 Legislature?

Education and broadband expansion. Education impacts what type of job a person gets and how they provide for themselves/families. Without an educated workforce, Minnesota’s economy cannot grow. This negatively impacts the state’s ability to provide access to affordable health care, a world-class education, safe roads and bridges, and investments in our communities.

Budget: The 2019 Legislature will be tasked with passing a tax bill to update to the federal changes passed in 2017. Should Minnesota just conform to the federal law, or should the Legislature take the opportunity to provide some tax relief?

Minnesota shouldn’t conform to federal law. We need to strike a balance. The bulk of the relief went to corporations and the nation’s wealthiest residents leaving working families and the middle class behind. Now isn’t the time for corporate tax giveaways when the state and its residents have so many needs.

Education, K-12: Is the K-12 system adequately funded? If not, how would you pay for more funding?

The state’s K-12 education system is not adequately funded. Despite funding increases in the past few years, inflation-adjusted, per pupil state operating aid has declined. As a teacher legislator, I’ll work to see that schools receive adequate funding. Everything must be on the table, including closing tax loopholes or re-working the formula.

Workplace regulations: The 2018 Legislature considered but did not pass new legal standards for workplace harassment. Should the 2019 Legislature take action?

I would support legislation that ensured people’s right to safety in their workplace. No one should fear losing a job for reporting harassment and not everyone belongs to a union that ensures a process is followed and fair representation.

Transportation: What is your preference for raising additional money for roads and bridges: Dedicating transportation-related money from the general fund, such as the sales tax on auto parts, or raising the gas tax? Or is current funding sufficient?

Current funding is not sufficient. MNDOT faces a funding shortfall. The state’s “C” rating from the ASCE indicates we must act soon. Taking money from the general fund for roads and bridges takes money away from students and seniors. Auto part sales tax is inadequate. I support whatever it takes for a sustainable funding stream.

Public notices: What's your view on permitting important public notices to be disseminated only by local government bodies by means of their own websites?

“Among all adults, newspapers were cited as the most relied-upon source or tied for most relied upon for crime, taxes, local government activities, schools, local politics, local jobs, community/neighborhood events, arts events, zoning information, local social services, and real estate/housing.” (Pew Research Center). Keep it local.

Elections: Do you support moving the primary election from August to June in an effort to increase voter turnout?

I do not. A June primary puts rural legislators, and constituents at a measurable disadvantage. Rural Minnesota needs every opportunity to compete with metro districts. Campaigning while in session from hundreds of miles away doesn’t give voters a reasonable opportunity to know the candidates. Session work should not compete with campaigning.

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Guy Anderson

Guy Anderson

Address: Britt

Age: 56

Occupation: Retired Teamster driver

Spouse/family: Married to, Amanda, 8 children and 5 grandchildren

Memberships in organizations/clubs, legislative committees: NRA, Toastmasters, Bass player for “Old Man Down” and Second Chance Ministries

Past experience as a candidate: None

Top priority: If elected, what is your top priority for the 2019 Legislature?

Nothing is more important than a business-friendly environment that creates the jobs that allow our young people to stay in our district and raise their families. I will address this issue by introducing and supporting legislation that assures Minnesota will participate in the national boom in jobs, growth and opportunities.

Budget: The 2019 Legislature will be tasked with passing a tax bill to update to the federal changes passed in 2017. Should Minnesota just conform to the federal law, or should the Legislature take the opportunity to provide some tax relief?

I fully support full federal tax conformity; it will keep more money in taxpayer’s pockets. The extent to which the Legislature will provide additional tax relief will depend upon the January 2019 quarterly Minnesota budget estimate and who wins the governor’s office. DFL governors have traditionally preferred to spend surplus.

Education, K-12: Is the K-12 system adequately funded? If not, how would you pay for more funding?

K-12 education in Minnesota seems adequately funded at about 29 percent of the Minnesota bi-annual budget. There seems to be little correlation between money spent per pupil and academic achievement in Minnesota districts. Accountability and reform seem more likely than additional funding to yield better results for the people of Minnesota.

Workplace regulations: The 2018 Legislature considered but did not pass new legal standards for workplace harassment. Should the 2019 Legislature take action?

The lead proposal would add a line to the Minnesota Human Rights Act’s definition of sexual harassment: “An intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment does not require the harassing conduct or communication to be severe or pervasive.” This proposal and several others will surely be revisited during the 2019 legislative session.

Transportation: What is your preference for raising additional money for roads and bridges: Dedicating transportation-related money from the general fund, such as the sales tax on auto parts, or raising the gas tax? Or is current funding sufficient?

Additional transportation revenue is needed to supplement the state gas tax and federal funding. Dedicating existing transportation related sales tax revenue to fund roads and bridges makes good sense. Electric vehicles will also need to pay their fair share. I support the aggressive use of bonding to fund intergenerational projects.

Public notices: What's your view on permitting important public notices to be disseminated only by local government bodies by means of their own websites?

I support the traditional distribution of official government notices in newspapers. I also support maximum transparency by additionally posting official notices on municipal or county websites along with social media wherever practical. Some governmental entities have gained some transparency and welcome goodwill through the use of television public access channels.

Elections: Do you support moving the primary election from August to June in an effort to increase voter turnout?

Moving primary elections from August to June effectively takes considerable clout from the party endorsement process. Most interest in moving the primary forward comes from the GOP side. A bipartisan agreement seems unlikely any time soon. The wisdom of weakening the party convention endorsement process may be illuminated next month.

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