Keep Government Functions in State and Local Hands
We believe government functions should return to the hands of state and local governments where they will be carried out more efficiently and with greater accountability than at the federal level. We reject Congress’ practice of coercing state and local governments by withholding funds if states do not give the federal government jurisdiction. We:
• Reject the federal government offering “bailouts” to the states.
• Would eliminate the Metropolitan Council.
• Would eliminate Local Government Aid.
• Maintain and preserve the current caucus-primary system
Republicans believe that we should abolish the U.S. Department of Education and oppose centralized educational authority at the expense of local school boards.
We believe that cities should not be allowed to annex townships without approval of the affected residents. Also, townships and counties should decide on where to place feedlots and logging roads.
Elect Honest and Responsive Legislative Bodies
Republicans support reinstating a citizen legislature in Minnesota by:
• Holding regular legislative sessions only in alternate years.
• Denying Legislators additional pay and per diem during special sessions.
We hold our elected officials accountable by:
• Supporting codes of conduct for all Minnesota elected officials requiring resignation and loss of pension and benefits upon conviction of a felony.
• Federal and state Constitutional amendments for an effective recall procedure for all elected officials.
• Supporting term limits for all elected officials.
• Limiting all elected officials’ compensation to salary during service, with no retirement benefit beyond Social Security.
• Requiring State and federal lawmakers to live by the same laws they pass. • Adopting an initiative and referendum law in Minnesota.
• Emergency powers exercised by a Governor are meant to be short in duration. The powers require authorization from both chambers of the legislature for renewal or any extension. If that approval is not given, the powers must expire.
Advocate for Fair Election Processes
We support the current Electoral College system and oppose electing our president based on the national popular vote. We promote a change in the way Minnesota casts its votes in the Electoral College, so that the votes from the individual Congressional districts go to the winner of that Congressional District and the Presidential Candidate that wins the majority of votes cast in the State receives two extra votes. We support fair redistricting without gerrymandering and with Senate districts that do not cross Congressional district boundaries. We must improve polling place procedures, specifically voter registration practices.
• Voters to be registered at least 30 days prior to an election.
• We the people support the voting rights of duly authorized citizens through valid registration, proof of citizenship, vouching, photo identification, custodial authentication, and auditing procedures to ensure that our election systems and processes provide secure, fair, and honest results.
• An individual must present a government issued photo identification in Minnesota for local, city, state, and national elections. A free option paid for by the state should be available.
• Voting machines to provide a printed receipt. • Opposition to any voting schemes that violate the principle of “one man, one vote” including “Instant Runoff Voting.”
• All school district elections to be held on General election days.
• All ballots from US military and citizens abroad be counted and included before being reported.
• We support no early voting except military and absentees with sufficient cause. No ballot received after election day shall be counted.
• We support election integrity including secure chain of custody, and elimination of drop boxes.
• We support requiring that party-balanced election judges be present at the polls, in all early voting centers and on absentee ballot boards.
• We support prohibiting local governments from accepting or using any non-governmental, third-party, or private money, grants, or gifts from outside sources to assist in the administration of an election. We oppose public financing of campaigns and political parties.
All new federal regulations must have a positive cost-benefit analysis and be approved by Congress. We support limiting new biennium State spending to no more than the previous biennium’s revenue.
Any new government program must include the program’s purpose, cost and estimated completion date, with measures of performance and termination procedures if found ineffective.
All proposed legislation must include either a specific reference from the U.S. or Minnesota Constitution authorizing it, or a credible reason why none is needed.
Public worker compensation packages (including salaries, pensions and medical benefits) should be no better than those of private sector workers.
We support a State employee hiring freeze and contracting out of services as much as possible.