By LESLEY TOTH
Mille Lacs County Times
Milaca attorney and Princeton resident Joe Walsh has announced his intent to run for the Minnesota House of Representatives as a DFL candidate in District 15A.
“My campaign will focus on making taxation fair and providing high quality public education to rural students,” Walsh said in a release this week.
Walsh is running on the proposals to equalize the tax rate between the wealthiest Minnesotans and everyone else, lowering property taxes on small businesses to stimulate local job growth, and equalizing per-pupil funding for rural schools.
“The Republicans’ hard-line position on refusing to tax the income of earners making more than one million dollars per year led to the government shutdown and resulted in borrowing an additional $700 million from our schools,” Walsh said. “I want to restore this funding and never again borrow money from our kids.”
Walsh believes the education gap between rural schools in the district and suburban schools like Hopkins, Edina and Bloomington continues to grow, resulting in larger activity fees and less opportunity for local students.
“A new Minnesota Miracle is necessary to equalize the per-pupil funding and provide a fair chance to every student in Minnesota, like the one I received,” he said.
Rep. Sondra Erickson has not yet officially announced whether she will seek reelection, but in an email to constituents, Erickson said, “While this change does not go into effect until next year, I am looking forward to representing new constituents and townships” of the new district lines.