ABOUT MATT

BELIEFS

 

I believe in the people of Minnesota. I see their drive to make things better for their kids, their neighborhoods, and their state. I see patients who will work three jobs and start a shift at 1 AM. I see the parents who volunteer to teach at the middle school on a Saturday morning or coach the basketball team.

 

I try to be the legislator for them every day. 

 

I believe we are capable of ensuring affordable health care for all of us. In addition, we must move health delivery toward maintaining good health rather than profiting from illness. And we have to balance the financial incentives of the health insurance, hospital, and pharmacy industries with our moral obligation to care for our people. 

I believe that the reversal of health protections under Roe v Wade is a serious setback for individual health liberty and creates a potential public health disaster. We must act at the state legislature to solidify the right to choose and protect it from any judicial interference.

I know that our elections are under attack by antidemocratic forces. Minnesotans have a proud history of first in the nation voter turnout, and I will continue to defend our access to the ballot and our fidelity to democratic process.

 

I believe that climate change is an emergency and we must move our state to renewable energy. We can do that while creating good jobs and sustaining rural communities, and we should.

 

I believe that the level of gun violence in Minnesota and America demands answers, and we can find solutions which do not impede the Constitutional rights of responsible gun owners. Additionally, we can create a public safety system which is professional, and dedicated to serving and protecting all Minnesotans.

 

I know that a high-quality public education system is the foundation of democracy and our most hopeful pathway to equal opportunity for everyone in our state.

 

I believe it is time for us to pass the Equal Rights Amendment and ban the harmful practice of conversion therapy.