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Time to Stop Going Round & Round on Transportation Funding
Kulp is convinced Greater Minnesota is primed to grow economically, especially with adequate expansion of broadband in rural areas. By working in bipartisan fashion with vision and wise investments, prosperity will spread in District 8B.
Broadband + Training + Housing = Job$
Investment in Rural Broadband for District 8B
(According to the Governor’s broadband task force report released January 2016)
- Over 99.9% of all households in the metro have access to broadband.
- Only 60-70% of households in Douglas and Otter Tail Counties have access.
- The eastern half of Otter Tail and eastern third of Douglas are considered unserved areas.
- Students, parents and displaced workers need jobs that pay well.
- Some students need to learn “soft skills” (e.g. listening, teamwork, managing emotions, problem solving, time management, etc.).
- With career guidance and testing, students can identify employment opportunities that match their interests and abilities.
- Technical education may be the best option for starting a career.
- Offer incentives for schools that offer programs leading to certificates for specific jobs experiencing worker shortages.
- Businesses that partner with public and post-secondary educators will produce workers and strengthen their communities.
- Rural businesses want to expand, but housing shortages are an obstacle.
- Workers need affordable and safe housing for them and their families.
Water & Air - Vital for Quality of Life
- Water supply issues are appearing with increasingly volatile weather.
- Public awareness is leading to calls for environmental stewardship.
- Poor air quality impacts health of children, seniors & low income people.
- Air quality regulations still face fierce resistance.
Water Issues—Quantity & Quality—Costs & Controls
• Storm water issues include sampling, analysis and control systems.
• Waste water treatment facilities need upgrades, expansion or replacement.
• Ground water concerns are over contamination and water levels.
• Lake, pond & waterways experiencing water quality deterioration impact economic vitality.
• Monitoring & reporting good information about actual & potential threats to water are needed in order to address & prevent problems.
• Drought has potential to drive up costs of consumption and may lead to more regulation.
Air—the Breath of Life
• Air quality in Minnesota is generally good & improving for most pollutants.
• Improvements are seen because the Clean Air Act & Amendments are being enforced.
• Lowered emissions are due to cleaner cars and fuels and voluntary reductions from major facilities.
• Our increased
understanding of serious health effects caused by impaired air quality has led to stricter national standards.
• Conservation, efficiency, cleaner technologies & regulatory tools are needed for Minnesota’s air resources to show continued improvement.
Rural seniors, people with disabilities and families
- Demand is exceeding supply for quality, affordable community based care for many greater Minnesota communities.