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Small businesses in Duluth

Governor Dayton recently announced he will take action to invest in small businesses in Minnesota. What will you do in support of Duluth's small businesses and their owners and employees? How will you help to stimulate their growth?

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Economy: mining and tourism

What is the best way to bring good jobs to the 8th district? How do you balance tourism jobs against mining jobs?

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North Country Trail’s Arrowhead Re-Route

Do you support the reroute of the North Country Trail through the Arrowhead, which would avoid having to build a 100-mile section of the trail through swamp? And will you introduce re-route legislation early in the next congress? List of local entities that support the Re-route: • Cass County • Aitkin County • Itasca County • Lake County • Cook County • Carlton County • City of Grand Rapids • City of Tower • City of ...more »

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Occupy Wall Street/Duluth

Currently, there is a significant amount of anger with the government and those who are involved with the political and economic process. How do you feel about the current climate? What can and should be done for the 99% of citizens this movement represents?

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Economic diversificataion

For generations of booms and busts people have known that the resource-based economy of northern Minnesota is both a blessing and a curse. What will you advocate in Congress that will foster the diversification of the region's economy?

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NLX - High-Speed Rail

If completed, would the Northern Lights Express have a greater economic impact for Duluth or Minneapolis? Furthermore, do you support national investments in high-speed rail?

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Ship Ballast Regulation

Congress is in the midst of debate over a bill that would set a national standard for how many live organisms can be permitted in ballast water. It's an important issue to the Great Lakes shipping industry: ship ballasts spread non-native species such as zebra and quagga mussels, which threaten the state's ecology, but the shipping industry says that the patchwork of state rules is difficult to follow. Environmentalists ...more »

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Returning Veterans

Returning veterans are having a difficult time find civilian jobs upon ending their time of service, leading to a spiral of joblessness and depression. With an influx of troops returning from Iraq occurring by year's end, this problem will only worsen.

 

What ideas do you have about helping veterans find suitable jobs, battle depression, and reintegrate in a deserving manner?

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Congressional pay...

What is your opinion with regards to Congressional pay...Are members of Congress paid too much? Should Congressional pay be cut to help the deficit/debt talks? Should members of Congress pension fund be reformed?

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Balance environment and shipping needs

How do you balance the environmental concerns about exotic species with continued development of maritime commerce in the port of Duluth?

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Economic growth in the 8th District

Minnesota's 8th District has an unemployment rate of nearly 6.9 percent - the same as the state's average.

 

If elected, how do you plan to bring jobs to your district? To that end, how do you plan to diversity jobs in the district?

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