You’ll be able to’t get change when you maintain voting the identical approach.
I’m a life-long Minnesotan and a Duluthian since 1973. I’m grateful for the numerous long-term enterprise and group relationships which have allowed me to develop a large base of expertise and perception into the numerous points we Northlanders face at the moment.
I do know firsthand the challenges and rewards of working a enterprise. In my historical past, I’ve owned and operated two downtown Duluth eating places, the Section II well being membership, and Karate North martial arts studio. As well as, I’ve owned and managed a number of single- and multi-family rental properties.
I spent 15 years working for Cirrus Plane as a salesman and company pilot. I’m at present employed as a business company pilot for United Piping, Inc. I’m sought out nationally for my flight instruction. As a company pilot, I’m in a position to journey all through our nation, assembly many individuals, from staff to executives. I hear many various views about how one can resolve issues and profit from alternatives. This has given me a broader perspective and taught me to respect all viewpoints.
Households in Duluth want private-sector employment alternatives that supply high quality wages and long-term stability. We’d like a state legislator who will encourage the prospects and plans of private-sector enterprise builders and negotiate with them as critical potential buyers in our group, not simply throughout the Twin Cities. We’d like anyone who will vote and craft coverage in a approach that respects the challenges of working a small or midsize enterprise. There are points on the state stage that want consideration if Duluth is ever to draw impactful, high quality employment alternatives for youthful individuals and households.
We’d like a legislator who will work with like-minded representatives from across the state to get a deal with on our tax state of affairs. Minnesota is at present the fifth most-taxed state within the nation when accounting for whole tax burden, solely behind New York, Hawaii, Vermont, and Maine. I’ve enterprise acquaintances who see loads of positives in our group, however they select to not develop right here or wherever else in Minnesota as a result of excessive taxes and lack of presidency assist for enterprise growth. Cirrus Plane, for instance, is doing all of its growth exterior of Duluth.
Why are we dropping so many alternatives to create and add family-supporting jobs in our group? If we don’t enhance our tax base via job creation or inhabitants development, the one different choice is to additional enhance taxes on present companies and residents — that means you and me. I don’t need to see Minnesota transfer up the most-taxed checklist any greater than you do. Minnesotans can’t afford to pay any extra taxes than we do now.
I would like all individuals who reside in our group to really feel protected. I assist our first responders and am proud to be the 7A candidate endorsed by the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Affiliation. Our Duluth Police Division has applied a Psychological Well being Unit and maintains intensive sources locally to assist fight opioid habit. Each fashions may very well be used throughout the nation to raised different communities.
If you happen to imagine in these identical values, I respectfully ask you to vote for me. Minnesota wants change. Vote your values, not occasion strains.
Tom Sullivan is the Republican candidate for Minnesota Home District 7A in far japanese Duluth. He’s difficult DFL Rep. Jen Schultz within the Nov. 3 election. He wrote this on the invitation of the Information Tribune Opinion web page.