Tabke for Minnesota

Our campaign has had meaningful conversations with thousands of residents and business owners in Shakopee, Jackson Township, and Louisville Township.

From the beginning of our campaign, we put forward a positive, forward-looking message about where we can go in our community and as a State. I hope you take the time to read through each issue thoughtfully and discuss them with your neighbors and friends.

I believe government has a very serious role in our lives and can do great work for the people it serves if we work together on positive, necessary issues at each level of government while believing in the power that individuals have in working together for solutions.

I hear about many issues each day from the affordability of health care to sitting on 169 going to work to frustration in our education system.

Below you will find my positions on a variety of issues I hear from you. If you want to talk more about them, please text or call me at 952.225.3124 or email tabkebrad@gmail.com.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Brad

Effective Leadership for Shakopee

State Representative Brad Tabke has always believed that we get more done working together than trying to divide.

Brad’s focus is always on issues that directly affect Shakopee residents and businesses. He worked together with members of the House and Senate to pass a significant amount of legislation during his first term in office.

Bills Signed Into Law

These are the provisions that Rep Tabke negotiated, wrote, and authored that were signed into law during his first term as a State Representative:

  • * Passed legislation keeping County Sheriffs, Police Officers, and Shakopee Prison Corrections Officers safer by allowing them to use body scanners when bringing in offenders. (HF0733)
  • * Passed legislation allowing Canterbury Park to continue operations in the event of a MN Government shutdown. Since the 2011 shutdown, Shakopee leaders have been trying to pass this bill. (HF0633)
  • * Passed legislation for local school districts to be reimbursed by the State of Minnesota for bussing pregnant and parenting teens to their best education opportunities. (HF681)
  • * Passed legislation brought by a Shakopee resident to allow the use of leashed dogs by hunters to track big game. Particularly helpful to recover lost game and for hunters with color blindness. (HF680)
  • * Passed legislation brought by local Shakopee workers requiring vehicles to slow down and move over when passing garbage trucks, utility workers, or any vehicle with flashing lights. (HF1188)
  • * Passed legislation for local Police Department reimbursing them for the purchase of bullet-proof vests and other safety equipment. (HF1490)
  • * Passed legislation securing $250,000 in funding for MVTA’s Route 495 bus route. (HF1555)
  • * Passed legislation with technical fixes and updates for the Minnesota Racing Commission and Canterbury Park. (HF2018)
  • Passed legislation for the trucking industry modifying operating standards. (HF3240)
  • * Passed legislation allowing 16 year olds to safely operate rides at ValleyFair. (HF3720)
  • Passed legislation amending and reducing motor vehicle registration taxes to meet new MNLars programming. (HF3547)
  • * Passed COVID legislation allowing Canterbury Park to better function during a pandemic. (HF4597)
  • * Passed COVID legislation allowing the extension of drivers licenses past their expiration date.

*Direct impact for Shakopee residents and businesses.

Community Outreach

During his first two years as a State Representative, Brad Tabke has:

  • Had over 4,000 individual conversations and contacts with Shakopee residents and businesses.
  • Held 63 individual town halls and events bringing Governor Walz, Committee Chairs, and State Leaders to Shakopee.
  • Held Shakopee Day at the Capitol
  • Held Shakopee Senior Day at the Capitol.
  • Created the Shakopee intern program inviting students to shadow Rep Tabke and work on projects together.
  • Created the Shakopee Youth Advisory Board and the Shakopee Senior Advisory Board to help guide Rep Tabke’s decisions as a lawmaker and generate ideas for legislation.

Workforce Development

Minnesota has been known nationally for having a powerhouse workforce. However, we are falling behind in our ability to attract and grow new businesses because of our ability to maintain a steady, educated workforce.

We must focus on a workforce development for the future in Minnesota. This has three main components:

Education

Shakopee residents deserve a world-class education for the careers of tomorrow from pre-K through retirement.

As the husband of a public school teacher, I know the passion our local teachers bring to their job everyday. I believe it is vital to give our teachers and administrators the resources they need to properly run our schools. Given these resources and room for innovation, these classrooms can be incubators of our children’s potential, giving each child an equitable opportunity to learn and improve.

Fully funding our schools, technical colleges, post-secondary education, and life-long learning must always rise above partisan politics. If we ask our students to do their best everyday, we need to expect the same from our leaders.

Effective Leadership: In 2019, Rep Tabke and the Minnesota House passed an education bill with historic funding for Minnesota’s schools, leads on increasing mental health access for students, and signed Rep Tabke’s bill into law providing bussing for pregnant and parenting teens (HF681).

Transportation

Our transportation system is not currently able to move workers and those in need successfully from Point A to Point B.

Congestion on Highway 169 will never be solved solely by added more lanes. Minnesota must pass a comprehensive transportation bill with funding that focusing on improving our current system roads, bridges, and transit. Specifically, our leaders must focus on working with their colleagues in funding the planned bus rapid transit for Highway 169 to increase mobility for businesses and commuters and improve access to transit in Shakopee.

Effective Leadership: In 2019, Rep Tabke wrote and passed a bill in the Minnesota House (HF 1555) that would add a MNPass / Bus Rapid Transit lane from Marschall Road in Shakopee to Highway 55 and into Downtown Minneapolis.

Housing

Locally available affordable housing is critical to having a local workforce.

Housing has become too expensive for many to afford. We want our children to be able to move away and get new experiences then come back to Shakopee to raise their families and start businesses. Affordable housing and rentals are critical for first-time home buyers and empty-nesters.

We know that our ability to have a local workforce hinges on our ability for people to live and work in the same community. The state needs to take steps to increase our availability of housing by reducing regulations, creating private investment strategies, and allowing local governments to tie fees to property values.

Effective Leadership: Rep Tabke wrote and carried a bill creating public / private partnerships that would incentive new affordable housing throughout Minnesota (HF3253).

Racial Inequality

It is unconscionable that Minnesota is second best in the nation for raising families and second worst in racial inequity.

We must stop just talking about this problem but tackle it head-on through fully funding pre-K so all kids get a fair start in school; legalizing marijuana to reduce the criminal injustice it brings; and increasing access so everyone can get a good-paying job no matter where they live.

Effective Leadership: Governor Walz signed the Police Reform and Accountability Act after the death of George Floyd. Governor Walz also signed a bill allowing property deeds to be changed to eliminate racial profiling.

Collaborative Government

I’m extremely proud of the work we did together as Mayor. We focused on professionalism, transparency, and looking to the future for our community. I will continue working on these areas as your legislator.

Transparency

The MN Legislature passed a 989-page bill at 2:31 am on the final day of session. Legislators had neither enough time to read the bill nor understand if it was good for their community.

This happens time and time again at the Legislature and is not right.

I will fight for transparency in government and work with anyone, anywhere that wants to get good work done for MN District 55a.

Campaign Civility Promise

I promise to you that we will have a positive, issues-based campaign that isn’t based on buzz-words, highly-partisan issues, and personal attacks.

Effective Leadership: Rep Tabke built relationships with the most conservative Senators and the most liberal House members to get a significant amount of legislation passed for Shakopee businesses and residents.

Local Control

During my time as Mayor, I was constantly frustrated with state government because they always thought they knew how to serve our constituents better than we did at a local level.

I firmly believe that the best decisions are made closest to the people.

People should first work together to solve neighborhood problems. Local problems should be solved by local elected officials. If they can’t solve them, it becomes a County solution and finally a State or Federal solution.

Effective Leadership: Rep Tabke organized and leads the Suburban Caucus to help fight for solutions that make sense for our communities.

Health Care

One of the main issues I hear about when knocking doors is health care. It is too expensive, not providing necessary solutions for people in need, and burdening our business community.

We must transition to a universal health care system that doesn’t leave behind those with pre-existing conditions, experiencing poverty, or having major health issues.

Effective Leadership: Rep Tabke has worked closely with Governor Walz to safely navigate the COVID-19 pandemic while working with Shakopee businesses to maintain our economic vitality. Rep Tabke also was a co-author on the historic Alec Smith Insulin Affordability bill that provides affordable insulin to all Minnesotans.

Immigration

Immigration is a Federal issue where the United States is miserably failing. We must recognize the value that immigrants and their families provide to our culture, workforce, and communities at both the state and local levels.

Effective Leadership: Rep Tabke advocated for and helped pass legislation in the Minnesota House allowing drivers licenses for all Minnesotans no matter their immigration status. This legislation – according to Police Chief Jeff Tate and County Sheriff Luke Hennen – would keep Shakopee safer and dramatically increase the quality of life of many Shakopee residents and students.

Abortion

I am pro-choice.

Gun Safety

Growing up on a farm in northwestern Iowa, I appreciate the importance of firearm ownership. I do not want to prevent responsible gun ownership. However, I believe that the vast majority of us feel there is a sensible way to approach gun safety and gun ownership.

Effective Leadership: The Minnesota House passed legislation for Red Flag Laws that have proven to reduce suicide by gun in many other states – especially for farmers and veterans. We also passed expanded background checks that would

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