GOP Rep. Tim Sanders has opposition from Jon Clebeck, DFL, in House District 37B. Chlebeck did not respond to the questionnaire.
Sanders: My name is Tim Sanders, and I have had the honor and privilege of serving most of Blaine in the Minnesota House of Representatives these last four years. I recently turned 30 years old and live in Blaine with my beautiful wife Farrah and our three awesome children: Everett, Winston and Audrey.
I graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Minnesota and in addition to serving Blaine in the Minnesota House, I work in a small strategic communications and public relations firm.
2. How should the Minnesota Legislature address future budget deficits – raise taxes, cut spending or both? What taxes should be raised? What programs should be cut?
Sanders: Our most recent budget deficits have been primarily the result of spending out pacing revenue, despite revenue increasing to the state under the current tax structure.
Our state government must also reduce its spending and achieve savings by driving efficiencies though reforming and updating how the state delivers its services to the taxpayers.
I helped turn a $6.1 billion deficit into over a $1.2 billion surplus this last biennium without raising taxes and through mostly slowing the unsustainable rate of growth. I will also continue to work to reform our state government and control our budget, continuing down a path that is structurally balanced and sustainable.
3. Should the Minnesota Legislature increase state funding for K-12 education? If so, how? If not, why not?
Sanders: Funding and establishing policy for K-12 education, as mandated by our state constitution, is one of the most important and critical functions of our state government. How we educate our future workforce and future leaders will determine in large part the future direction and path of our state. I have supported and voted for increased per pupil funding as well as increased accountability measures for our students and teachers.
We should fund K-12 more than adequately and more equitably and work with local school districts to continue to require measurable results. While funding is critical, involved families and excellent teachers are imperative for our students.