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The Party of Ideas

St. Cloud Times

A recent letter criticized Minnesota House Democrats for “not providing solutions to Minnesota’s problems.” Nothing could be farther from the truth. The reality is we have been the party of ideas, bringing forth common-sense solutions to address Minnesota’s biggest problem — too many Minnesotans are being squeezed in an economy tilted in favor of the insiders, elites and special interests.

Some examples:

We want to make our students a priority by reducing the cost of higher education and making it easier for graduates to refinance loans at a better rate.

We have introduced legislation that would demand powerful drug companies be more transparent about profits to reduce costs of prescription drugs.

Pockets of people throughout outstate Minnesota lack access to high-speed Internet. In 2016, that’s unacceptable. We want a big investment in rural broadband so every family and business has access to high-speed Internet.

Minnesotans are feeling drowned out by all the campaign spending and ads in our elections — something voters in St. Cloud know all about. We are working to increase transparency of campaign finance laws. Voters deserve to know who paid for campaigns.

Only 13 percent of Minnesotans have access to paid family leave to care for a loved one if they get sick. Every worker should be able to care for a loved one if they get sick without risk of losing a paycheck.

Finally, the letter mentioned transportation. Last summer, House DFLers proposed just a solution comprised partly of the House GOP transportation plan and Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposal. House Republicans immediately rejected it, apparently because they are more interested in a political win than solving problems.

House Democrats have offered many ideas to build an economy that works better for everyone. We hope the House Republican majority will be work with us to solve problems.