Focused on the Issues That Matter to You

Fiscal Responsibility

Our state government must ensure that your hard-earned tax dollars are treated with respect and put to use in programs free of waste, fraud, and abuse. For too long, the state has been shirking these responsibilities and simply demanding more money from taxpayers. The state government should wisely invest in programs that Minnesotans value and trust, such as Educational Advancement, Improved Infrastructure, and Public Safety. Our community deserves representation that demands transparency out of our government agencies, and Engen will do so.       

Excellence In Education

 Education plays a vital role in preparing the next generation for success. As an alumnus of White Bear Lake Area Schools, Engen recognizes every student's unique and distinct learning style and aims to foster education that fits their needs. A 4-year collegiate degree may be the appropriate route for many, but it should not be the only route. Engen looks to promote vocational training and apprenticeship programs that give students a hands-on learning experience in their field of interest.  Funding our schools and thanking our teachers for their dedication is a must for Engen, and he looks to work with educators in discussing the needs of our schools. Through these measures, Engen hopes to be a partner in establishing an education system that students, teachers, and parents alike are proud of.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic response significantly decreased reading and math proficiency levels in our district and statewide. If we are to get back on track, we have to take bold action now. Elliott Engen is prepared to do so.         

Small Business Growth

 Our district is home to innovative and hard-working businesses that give our community a unique charm and appeal. Following the Covid-19 pandemic, many of our local businesses are struggling and need a representative in St. Paul who listens, communicates, and acts. Engen will work with our small business community by easing burdensome regulatory measures that diminish their ability to work efficiently and operate effectively. Our main-street businesses have always been there for us, and it is time they are allowed to flourish without the heavy hand of overbearing regulations and costly mandates.

 

According to Tax Foundation.org, Minnesota ranks 46th out of all 50 states on the Business Tax Climate Index, a measure that determines how a state's tax code allows for simplicity, competition, and effectiveness. This must change.  

 

Engen has spoken to many of our local small business owners and hears over and over that our state is hindering profitability and driving them to look elsewhere to operate their business. 

 

Minnesota was once an economic hub for entrepreneurship. It's time we pride ourselves on being so once again.      

Improving Healthcare

Tackling the issue of costly healthcare is a must. 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.     

Public Safety

Every Minnesotan deserves to go to bed at night knowing that they and their family are safe. Engen stands with our first responders, who work every day to maintain public safety. With statewide increases in violent and non-violent crime, the time to act is now. Assisting our local and statewide police officers with the proper equipment and training is essential in creating a trusted relationship between officers and community members. Engen favors Scenario-Driven Training, which will give officers the preparation they need to respond to any call, including mental health crises and non-violent and violent crime alike. Defunding the police is NOT the answer. Engen will stand up to dangerous and irresponsible policies that aim to dismantle or defund our first responders.