Supporting Economic Growth

Throughout the last few decades, wealth and power have become more concentrated into the hands of fewer people – and Minnesotans have suffered for it. Wages have stayed the same while the cost of our gas, prescription drugs, education, and other basic household expenses rise.

I’ve taken my two decades of experience in business and managing a workforce of 16,000 employees at a major Minnesota manufacturing company, and put it to use in Congress by creating economic opportunity for Minnesotans across the Second District.

Lowering Prices at the Gas Pump.

Thanks to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and price gouging by Big Oil, drivers in Minnesota and across the country are being stretched to the limit at the gas pump. I’m leading multiple efforts in the House to bring costs down and give hardworking Minnesotans some relief. 

My Year-Round Fuel Choice Act passed the House in June to permanently allow the year-round sale of E-15 fuel –– a biofuel alternative that will save Minnesotans up to 10 cents per gallon at the gas pump. I also co-sponsored the Gas Prices Relief Act to suspend the federal gas tax and called on Minnesota leaders to suspend the state gas tax until prices become more manageable. These two actions would save drivers nearly 50 cents per gallon.

Finally, I pressed big oil executives face to face about raking in record-setting profits while Americans are struggling to fill their tanks. The price of oil has dropped since the spring, but prices offered to customers at the gas station have not. I promise I will keep fighting to lower costs and hold Big Oil accountable.

Supporting Small Businesses. 

Small businesses make up 93 percent of employers in MN-02, and small business owners deserve an economy that works for them. That’s why I introduced the Small Business Tax Relief Act to lower the federal tax rate for small businesses continuing to recover from the economic impact of COVID-19. I’m honored to serve on the House Small Business Committee where I work directly to support the success of our local small business owners.

Strengthening Domestic Supply Chains. 

As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, I’m working with members of both parties to ensure Minnesota family farmers have the resources and support they need to get their products to market. Recent supply chain bottlenecks have put a strain on our family farmers, and that’s why I successfully fought to pass my Strengthening the Agriculture and Food Supply Chain Act through the House. My bill will reinforce the American food supply chain, increase government coordination, and ensure farmers and ranchers are able to do their important jobs.

Expanding access to broadband in rural areas.
Access to reliable, high-speed internet is critical for success in a 21st century economy. Our small businesses, farmers, students and families are depending on us to expand broadband so that no one’s opportunities are limited because of where they live or work.

There is still so much more to do for Minnesota workers, farmers and small businesses. That’s why I’m working to:

Protect the rights of our unions and their members to organize and collectively bargain for fair, safe workplaces. Labor has built our middle class, and it continues to drive our economy.

Encourage companies to invest in their employees by closing tax loopholes that are currently encouraging them to move their jobs overseas. Instead, we should replace these loopholes with tax credits for companies that hire American Workers.

Make it easier for entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into successful businesses by increasing access to capital, technical resources and technology; simplifying regulations and taxes for companies with 20 or fewer employees; and increasing tax deductions for start-up and healthcare costs.

Establish national Paid Family Leave that respects folks who are welcoming new members of their family, allowing them time to bond with their children without having to worry about a false tradeoff between time with their family and meeting their basic financial needs.