Hear Senator Susan Kent’s Conversation
Woodbury Area Chamber Candidate Forum
3:00 PM – Minnesota Senate District 53
1. Opening Remarks 7:00
2. Candidate Introductions 9:47
3. Question 1 17:25
A. COVID-19 has had an effect on our economy worldwide. What steps will you take if elected to help businesses and residents to recover from the pandemic?
4. Question 2 22:07
A. Excluding the impacts of COVID, what are the biggest issues facing your district as a whole and how do you plan to address those issues?
5. Question 3 27:16
A. How will you work the business community to help them grow and prosper?
6. Question 4 31:41
A. What are your views on state mandated paid leave programs? This would be required paid time off for sick leave or family leave. How much time off is appropriate? How should this time off be funded and who pays?
7. Question 5 36:39
A. Minnesota is facing a potentially steep budget deficit heading into next session. Balancing the state budget will be the top priority for legislatures. What is your approach to addressing this issue? Where can the state reduce spending? Please be specific on programs you would look at to reduce spending. If you support tax increases, which taxes should be increased? On what or on whom?
8. Question 6 42:03
A. What do you believe are the biggest issues facing small businesses in this district? How will you support them to get through these issues?
9. Question 7 46:25
A. Would you support an increase in the gas tax to help fill the short fall in transportation revenues that we’re experiencing due to the pandemic and economic fallout associated with it?
10. Closing Statements 50:48