Focused on the Issues That Matter to You
Economic Recovery & Tackling Inflation
Our state government must ensure your hard-earned tax dollars are treated with respect and protected from negligence, fraud, or waste from the state government.
For too long, the state has been shirking this responsibility.
The state government has a 7.7 billion-dollar budget surplus but continues to demand more from Minnesotans facing record inflation and cost of living increases. While many Minnesotans struggle to pay their bills, the state seems to be turning a blind eye. Our community deserves leadership that demands transparency from our government agencies and trusts Minnesotans to invest in themselves rather than wasteful bureaucracy.
Engen's Economic Plan
Cut burdensome regulatory measures that hurt small businesses and drive entrepreneurs out of the state.
Allow the market to drive investments and growth rather than heavy-handed mandates.
Officially repeal the tax on social security- as MN is one of only twelve states that does so
Minnesota is facing the largest crime wave in our state's history, yet the DFL continues to play politics with public safety. Engen will stand against radical calls to "Defund Police" by ensuring the men and women of law enforcement have the resources, tools, and training they need to keep our communities safe.
Engen's Public Safety Plan
Hold criminals accountable by eliminating soft-on-crime sentencing guidelines.
End the irresponsible judicial activism and weak prosecuting measures that allow repeat offenders to commit crimes without repercussions
Prohibit crime-abating nonprofits from posting bail on behalf of violent criminals and releasing offenders
Establish mandatory minimum sentences for carjacking, which currently is not a specific crime under Minnesota law.
Excellence In Education
With record lows in reading and math proficiency, it is high time we equip our students with the knowledge needed to pursue goals, social interaction required to improve mental health, and the opportunity to learn in the classroom with friends and peers.
Students should be receiving a world-class education.
Parents have a right to be heard, respected, and have a say in their child's education.
For education to work, Students, Parents, and Teachers need to have a strong relationship built on accountability and transparency.
Engen recognizes every student's unique and distinct learning style and aims to foster education that fits their need.
While a 4-year collegiate degree may be the appropriate route for many, it should not be the only route available. Engen looks to promote vocational training and apprenticeship programs that give students a hands-on learning experience in their field of interest.
When Engen's brother was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, he saw first-hand the emotional, physical, and economic toll it can have on a family.
Crafting a system that provides safety nets for those in need while maintaining our free-market structure will help tackle this issue compassionately and responsibly.
Price transparency, increased telehealth access, and promoting a Direct Primary Care model will allow Minnesotans to have more control of their healthcare needs while simultaneously lowering costs.
Engen recognizes our healthcare system's complexity and wants to connect with you to answer your questions. To do so, click the 'Contact' tab at the top of the page.
Small Business Growth
Our district is home to innovative, hard-working businesses that give our community a unique charm and appeal. Our entrepreneurs and business owners deserve a representative in St. Paul who listens, communicates, and acts. Engen will do just that.
Eliminating costly, ineffective, overreaching mandates is a must. Engen will stand by our local businesses in their need to return to operation without constant burden from the state government. Our main-street enterprises have always been there for us, and it is time they are allowed to flourish without the heavy hand of overbearing regulations and record tax increases.
According to Tax Foundation.org, Minnesota ranks 46th out of all 50 states in the Business Tax Climate Index, a measure that determines how a state's tax code allows for simplicity, competition, and effectiveness. Minnesota was once an economic hub for entrepreneurship. It's time we pride ourselves on being so once again.
Engen has made friendships with many of our local small business owners and repeatedly hears that our state hinders profitability and incentivizes operating elsewhere in the nation. He believes now is the time to course-correct and get main street back on track.