What is the most pressing issue to the University and how do you plan to deal with it?
I think the most pressing issue would be the increases in the tuition. The way to deal with this would be to cordon off portions of the budget to specifically lower tuition as opposed to increasing administrators’ salaries or putting the money towards building projects.
What is your stance on the upcoming marriage amendment?
I plan on voting against it. Being bisexual, I don’t see how this in any way promotes small government saying the state should regulate marriage.
What is your stance on the upcoming voter ID amendment?
I am voting no. Once again, I think its government putting one more obstacle in the way of people exercising their right to vote. I don’t think that’s in the interest of small government.
Should Minnesota invest in alternate forms of energy?
It depends what forms of alternate energy we’re talking about. I think it would be advantageous if Minnesota promoted thorium power and had a tax rate that was conducive to doing so.
With the Central Corridor Light Rail set to be finished in the coming years, should Minnesota further invest in mass transit?
I think we’ll have to wait and see what the costs and benefits are once the Central Corridor is up and running. Then I think that data can be analyzed and we can get a better picture if we should or should not expand mass transit.
What would you do to spur economic growth in Minnesota?
I don’t think the government necessarily is the engine of economic growth — that’s largely the private sector. I think what the government can do is lower regulations and restrictions for businesses that are currently in existence and ones that might potentially move to Minnesota.
As tuition rises, what, if anything, would you do to address affordability for students?
Delegating part of the budget to addressing tuition costs specifically.
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