We MUST do everything within our power to protect our public education system and halt Betsy DeVos’ plans for privatization. Public education is the bedrock of our democracy. The top 20% controls over 80% of our country’s wealth, and this economic divide is directly related to racial, socioeconomic, and geographic inequities in access to education. As I have been for 12 years in the Minnesota Senate, I will be a champion for increasing funding for all levels of public education and for implementing federal education policies that tie funding decisions directly with the pursuit of delivering excellence in education outcomes for all students.
I have been fighting for over 30 years to stop family separations, protect the rights of our immigrant communities, and advance policies that create economic opportunities for both our immigrant population and for our state's and nation's overall economy. We must act swiftly and decisively to address the immediate family separation crisis at the border, as well as work diligently to implement a robust long-term immigration policy that restores the rights of DACA recipients, affords strong protections for refugees and undocumented immigrants, and embraces immigration and immigrants as vital assets to our nation's social fabric and economic future.
Climate change is the moral and policy issue of our time. Climate change is about more than just the environment. It is and will increasingly be one of the biggest threats to our state's and nation's economic vitality and a critical factor in human migration and conflict globally. Here in Minnesota and across the country, state and local governments have been making commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to move away and divest from fossil fuels, and to invest in our clean energy economy. But these efforts are now being severely undermined by our current Federal Government and its commitment to enriching the oil and gas industry at the expense of our communities' health, our precious natural resources, the sovereign rights of our indigenous neighbors, and the future of our economy. I will work in Washington to ensure to restore our nation's commitments to fighting climate change and will push an aggressive framework for approaching all areas of policy decision-making--including trade, infrastructure, energy, transportation, jobs, and others--through a lens of sustainable growth.