House District 10 DFL: Joe Radinovich
Name: Joe Radinovich.
Residence: Own a home in Crosby.
Current employment: American Federation of Government Employees.
Public office experience: no elective office experience.
Party affiliation: DFL.
What should the Legislature do to encourage growth in Minnesota’s economy?
Jobs. We have got to get Minnesotans back to work in the near term, and we must have the long-term vision of investing in Minnesota’s workforce. The road to prosperity is not through engaging in a race to the bottom with lower wages and less benefits. Instead, we must ensure that Minnesota’s students, young and old, are best prepared for living wage jobs in the future, whether that be through traditional four year colleges, vocational schools, or licensure programs.
We also take a common-sense approach to unnecessary and burdensome regulation, striking those that are no longer necessary.
What will your top three priorities be as a legislator?
Jobs, education, and stemming the rising tide of property taxes. I belong to a generation that may well be the first in recent history to not do as well as our parents’ generation. Children in my community have had their educational opportunities slashed at a time of rising poverty, leaving them at a disadvantage when competing with children from the Metro for jobs in the future. We need to begin investing in our rural communities, and I will dedicate my hard work and effort to ensuring to that goal.
What experiences would you cite that prepare you to represent your district?
I was born and raised here, and so were my parents and grandparents. High unemployment has impacted my friends and family, who are mostly blue collar workers. When school budgets are slashed and programs are cut, it impacts my nieces and nephews, and the children that I am going to raise in the district. All I want to do is go to St. Paul and work as hard as I can to fight for the concerns of my community.