Welcome to my campaign website and to the new State Senate - District 39 race. I hope you will find this website informative and useful. Please contact me if you have any further questions or comments.
We live in challenging times. We have just begun to pull out of the great recession and its effects will be felt on our families and finances for years to come. Likewise, its effects will be felt for decades on the budgets of our national and state governments. This major financial setback, combined with a demographic shift unprecedented in all of world history the rapid aging of our population presents enormous challenges for all of us, and especially the balancing of state budgets. Just as our population is aging and relying more on public services and programs, revenues from the taxes that seniors pay are declining, creating a structural imbalance between revenues and spending.
This structural imbalance was not created by one political party or another. It is instead a complex problem that we must strive together to address in a way that protects our families, our communities and our natural resources. Rather than speaking honestly to the economic and budgetary challenges we face, the political parties, especially the Republicans, place their own ideological spin on it. This response increases the divisiveness and leads to gridlock. We need leaders that will speak truth to the public about the nature of our challenges and lead with real solutions, not partisan sound bites.
These past two years the Republican-led legislature forced a government shutdown, failed to balance the budget, and raised property taxes on homeowners, seniors and small businesses. They raised property taxes by $370 million on Minnesotans across the state, while not developing any means to pay back the over $2 billion dollars borrowed from our school districts. Just as when we entered 2011, the state now faces over $4 billion in red ink entering 2013.
We need to expect better from our leaders and our government.
Expect fiscal responsibility
Expect bipartisanship and balance
Expect effective leadership that moves us forward
Expect hard work on behalf of our families and communities
Expect a better future for Minnesota!
While the challenges facing the state seem daunting at times, I feel that my skills and training as an economist can be of service now more than ever.
I look forward to meeting you or hearing from you on the campaign trail!
Candidate Forums 2012
Times, dates, and locations of Senate District 39-Related Candidate Forums
Julie is Good for Business
Recipient of National Federation of Independent Business Minnesota's Guardian of Small Business award, 2008, 2010