Voter Survey

If you live in Minnesota and especially northern Rochester, we need to hear from you. Please take this three-minute survey and tell us your top issues in state government.

Survey

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(northern Rochester)

Solutions

The Freedom Teams are made up of voters from the District. They will create solutions for your issues. Candidate Wilson will use these solutions to influence policy in St. Paul after being elected. Here is the four-step process the team is using:

  1. Prioritize issues based on voter surveys that represent the voice of the people. It is vital to prioritize issues that are important to the customers. In this case, the voters are the customers.

Evaluate solutions that address root issues.

This will take some research. For example we know based on research that one of the root issues of crime is fatherless homes. The Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency reports that the most reliable indicator of violent crime in a community is the proportion of fatherless families.

This social change has increased from 5% of children being born into fatherless homes in the early 1960s to now nearly 40% of children being born into fatherless homes in the United States. Unless this root issue is addressed, more and more laws will be added that address the surface issues only.

Addressing the root issues will create more effective and efficient government along with minimizing frustration in society over the long term.

Evaluate solutions based on the Four Corners of Freedom.

If the root issue is economical, the solution should generally be economical. If the root issue is governmental, the solution should generally be governmental. If the issue is moral, the solution should generally be moral. If the issue is leadership, the solution should generally be leadership.

Too often the temptation is to use a governmental solution to fix all root issues. This creates inefficiency and frustration over the longer term for society. Instead, policy should be created that simultaneously supports free markets, free government and free exercise of faith. It is the role of the courageous leaders to find ways to intellectually and mutually accomplish all three. This simulates the approach taken by the founders of the United States.

Evaluate solutions that minimize unintended consequences. Even after defining the root of an issue and aligning with the four corners of freedom, the solution may still invoke more unintended consequences than the desired benefits to a society.

These unintended consequences should be identified prior to creating a bill being considered for law. Not considering the unintended consequences will potentially create great frustration by society as well as diminish government effectiveness and efficiency.

Example #1

Government Efficiency

Voter Surveys
According to a voter survey in May of 2020, citizens in HD 25B identified more efficient government and lower taxes as their most prevalent need in their District. According to the Center for the American Experiment. Minnesota is considered to be the sixth highest taxing state in the nation.

Root Issue
The case could be made that the root issue of higher taxes is the lower efficiencies experienced inside the industries of government, health care, and education.

Four Corners of Freedom
The root issue appears to be governmental so the solution should be governmental.

Unintended Consequences
There is little expectation for unintended consequences of this solution. Rather, a good consequence will be an economic boost to the hosting outstate city.

Specific Solution
H. F. No. ????, A bill for an act relating to the promotion of government, health care and education efficiency, specifically in outstate Minnesota.

Public-Private Act
The bill would provide 50% of the funding for a Public-Private Venture between the State of MN and stakeholders in outstate Minnesota. Upon reaching $500,000 funding by outstate MN stakeholders, the State of MN agrees to provide $500,000 for a total of $1 million.

Desired Outcome
Participants can expect to reduce costs by a minimum of 10% or add 10% value to their specific
services. These increased efficiencies will be obtained by applying Lean Management and
Continuous Improvement models to their workplace after the event.

MN Public Recipient
The Minnesota Department of Administration Office of Continuous Improvement would administer the program and facilitate the events. The actual training would be a combination of internal and external speakers.

Precedent
Lean Management has been used for decades to increase efficiencies in business with companies such as Ford, Toyota, Nike, Intel, and John Deere. Consider for example the quality and price of your computer monitor today versus ten years ago. The Lean Management model is referred to as the Shingo Model at Utah State University.

Example #2

Living Wage Laws ($15/hour)

Voter Surveys
According to the May 2020 survey, ,minimum wage laws were not a top issue for voters in MN HD 25B. However bills are being introduced in other states. Therefore, the Freedom Teams worked on a solution that would represent the District in anticipation for a minimum wage bill surfacing in the next general session.

Root Issue
Examples of the root issues of low wages would be economical on the side of the employer. On the side of the employee, the root issue would be lower skills, possibly as a result of less education, possibly as a result of low income, possibly as a result of father absent homes.  If this is the root issue, the root issue would be moral.

Four Corners of Freedom
The root issue is likely either economical or moral but not governmental. The solution should be economical and moral.

Unintended Consequences
If government steps into the free market with a new policy, there will generally be a consequence. It may be a bad unintended consequence or a good intended consequence. In many cases, the free market will generally be pushed away from equilibrium. For example, raising a minimum wage to a “living wage” is a good intention that can result in an unintended consequence. Many contend that raising the minimum wage to $15/hour will assist unskilled workers. However, according to N. Gregory Mankiw*, these efforts hurt those it intends to help. Higher wages paid by employers means there will be less money to hire additional lower-skilled laborers. Even worse, layoffs can occur if technology replaces higher-waged low-skilled workers. Have you ever seen or used a self-checkout? That is your proof. This scenario is demonstrated in the graph below.

Forcing the equilibrium to go higher, results in the demand for low-skilled workers to decrease and the supply of low-skilled workers to increase. According to Mankiw and an article by David Neumark regarding $15 minimum wage*, “two thirds of studies point to negative employment effects.” In the case of living wage laws, the trade-off results in an unintended consequence. The unintended consequence results in unemployment.

Despite this generally understood phenomenon by economists, this type of policy continues to be encouraged.

In this case, an economic issue is attempting to be resolved with a government solution rather than solving an economic issue with an economic solution.

Here is a solution that addresses the root issue, aligns with the Four Corners of Freedom and minimizes unintended consequences:

Possible Solution
The root solution on the employer side is to help equip employers to generate higher efficiencies and margins that allow them to voluntarily pay employees a higher wage.

 The root solution on the employee side is to encourage two parent families that read to their children daily, starting at age one or before.

Over history, societies have attempted to create prosperity and equality simultaneously. In Wilson’s opinion, the only known way to achieve this mutuality successfully and sustainably over time is with a voluntary means.

*Mankiw, N. Gregory. Principles of Microeconomics: A Guided Tour. 8th ed. Boston , MA: Cengage Learning, 2018. pp. 588-591.

Example #3

Red Flag Laws (Reducing Gun Violence)

Voter Surveys
According to the May 2020 survey, Red Flag laws were not a top issue for voters in MN HD 25B. However bills were introduced in the last general session of the MN House. Therefore, the Freedom Teams worked on a solution that would represent the District in anticipation for these bills resurfacing in the next general session.

Root Issues
Examples of the root issues of crime are fatherless homes and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. In the case of Minnesota, gun violence occurs often from suicides. In the case of suicides, an example of a root issue would be isolation.

Four Corners of Freedom
A solution developed by the Freedom Teams would attempt to protect economic, governmental and moral freedoms.

Unintended Consequences
Addressing the wrong root issue will not solve the problem in the long run, create the unintended consequences of more work for law enforcement to maintain gun registries, and potentially compromise second amendment rights for lawful gun owners.

Possible Solution
An example would be to strengthen existing laws that would provide more social evaluations and social support to the potential perpetrator in the short run and encourage more education to prevent Fatherless Homes in the long run. If Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is found to be a root cause, then providing pregnancy tests in the bathroom stalls of bars has precedent in Mankato MN. According to the CDC, alcohol in the mother’s blood passes to the baby through the umbilical cord. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, and a range of lifelong physical, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities. These disabilities are known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs).  One of the behaviors of those with FASDs is poor reasoning and judgment skills.

In the case of FASDs, responsible fathering would be an even more significant root issue.

Ultimately if this is found to be a moral issue, then a moral solution is needed. Absent a moral solution, there will be unintended consequences such as decreased government efficiency, decreased human flourishing and frustrated citizens.

Example #4

Heal Minnesota – Racial Justice Proposal 2020

Specific Need
On Wednesday June 10th 2020, MN Governor Tim Walz requested a special session of the MN Legislature to begin on June 12th 2020. One of the main objectives is to address the long-time racial injustice in the State of Minnesota.

How is Heal Minnesota Different from Other Proposals?
Many ideas will be set forth across the United States that will address the surface issues of racial injustice and rightfully so. However, Heal Minnesota addresses the root issue and will provide a pathway for sustained healing.

Root Issue
MN Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan stated on Wednesday June 10th in her public briefing that many of the injustices we currently see, date back to origins of the state. Indeed, in order to fully heal the State of Minnesota, reconciliation in the form of confession and forgiveness of past injustices will need to be the first of three actions to address the current root issue.

Category of Root Issue
The primary root issue is not economic or governmental but rather a moral issue. Therefore, effective sustainable healing within the State of Minnesota will need to include components of moral action at a very deep and historical level.

Specific Action
Three actions are needed to effectively address the root issue.

  1. Executive Proclamation and Ceremony for Healing

  2. Legislative Action to Establish Trust between Minorities and Law Enforcement

  3. Legislative Action to Eliminate Minority Stigma

Action #1 Executive Proclamation and Ceremony for Healing
The Governor and Lieutenant Governor in conjunction with faith leaders should conduct a ceremony of healing that would include true repentance and request for forgiveness from three areas of minorities that go back to the beginning of the State’s history.

  1. All Indigenous Tribes

  2. African Americans

  3. Any Other Affected Minorities

Proclamations should mark the day of healing. Action #1 should also occur at a federal level.

Action #2 Legislative Action to Establish Trust Between Minorities and Law Enforcement
During the years of 2021 and 2022, any minority person that is at least 50% minority will receive support from the State of MN to pursue a career in law enforcement. Specifically, any Federal Student Loans (as a result of FAFSA) will be converted to a MN grant to aid the financial needs of the law enforcement candidates.

Action #3 Legislative Action to Eliminate Minority Stigma
Educational, economic and criminal distress currently occur with many minorities in MN. There is extensive research that demonstrates these social distresses tie directly back to fatherless homes. For example, the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency reports that the most reliable indicator of violent crime in a community is the proportion of fatherless families. Therefore, when society encourages a culture of committed and loving fathers, the educational, economic and criminal distresses will likely fall in proportion to the fall of fatherless homes. The third action consists of shifting 1% of public safety funding to promoting a culture of committed and loving fathers. It has been said, “If you have a Daddy in every doorway, you do not need a cop on every corner.” This effort should be done in conjunction with faith and community leaders. When social distress is factually reduced, the minority stigma will also be reduced and eventually eliminated. For example, Asian minorities experience high economic success in the United States and consequently do not suffer an economic stigma.

Unintended Consequences
There is little potential for unintended consequences with Action #1. There is potential for unintended consequences with Action #2 if the action is conducted again in the future. There is potential for unintended consequences with Action #3 if it is not done in conjunction with faith and community leaders.

Precedent
Regarding Action #1, the State of Tennessee addressed their past sins related to the trail of tears. Joint Resolution 553 was signed by the Tennessee Governor on April 15th, 2014 that stated, “The state of Tennessee wishes to both acknowledge this tragedy and renounce any role it may have played in what is a stain on our collective histories,”

Regarding Action #2, the US Military will adjust their signing bonuses to reflect their specific needs.

Regarding Action #3, historical levels of fatherless homes were below 5% including minorities. According to the CDC, the percent of births to unmarried woman have increased from 5% in 1960 to nearly 40% today.

As one elderly Minnesota citizen stated, “the nation is only as strong as the strength of the family.”

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