Jason Satter

Top priority: If elected, what is your top priority for the 2023 Legislature?

 I want to reverse the trend of our rural House Representative not getting anything accomplished for our District. 

Why are you running for office? 

I am running for the Minnesota House of Representatives in District 9B because for the last 20 years our rural representation has not done much to improve the daily life of rural Minnesotans. The sad reality is that we have higher local taxes, shrinking communities, rough roads and city streets, and fewer jobs. Our past local representatives have not tried to solve these problems or offered solutions but followed their party dictates and voted against the best interests of their constituents. I want to be your representative, one who makes a positive difference and is focused on rural Minnesotans. My aim is to make our communities places where everyone can prosper and enjoy life.

Gridlock: Legislature gridlock has become the norm. And, increasingly, the final deals on major bills are forged by the Governor, House Speaker and Senate Majority Leader will little or no input by rank-and-file legislators. What specific measures can be taken to reduce the increasing partisanship of the lawmaking process?

We need to elect people to these positions that actually want the government to work for the people and not just vote based on party lines or to create political theater. The current rural House Representatives did not support the Agriculture Bill that was passed and the bill gave drought relief to farmers, broadband support to rural communities and startup funds for new farmers. The current rural House Representatives did not support the Tax Reduction Bill that would have lowered your income taxes, eliminated Social Security taxes and increased child tax credits. The current rural House Representatives did not support a bill that would have taken on Price Gouging in Minnesota! The current rural House Representatives did not support the Sports Betting Bill that would have generated millions of dollars in revenue for Health and Human services. And most importantly, the current rural House Representatives did not support the Education Bill. You have to ask yourself, who are our current representatives actually working for? They sure did not stand up and vote for working families, those on Social Security, farmers, students, or teachers.

Elections: Do you believe that voting improprieties are a problem in Minnesota? 

No, Minnesota has one of the highest percentages of voter turnout every year and after several audits it was reported accurate. 

Are there changes in election practices you would favor?

Every American should have the right to vote, and I would introduce a bill that would automatically register every Minnesotan when they turn 18 and provide them with a Minnesota I.D. that can be used to vote and as an official I.D. I want Citizens United overturned to get corporate and dark money out of politics. This would level the playing field for candidates and improve transparency so that votes wouldn’t be bought by those with more money.

Budget: The 2023 Legislature will convene with a significant surplus. How should the money be used with respect to spending and/or tax relief? Be specific.

Minnesota has recovered from stifling deficits just a few years ago and Minnesota was looking at a 2-billion-dollar deficit as recently as 2018. Surpluses for a state, company or any entity are a positive for everyone involved and should be used in a manner to improve the quality of life for all citizens. We have weathered the storms and with the newly obtained federal tax dollars we are in a great position to strengthen our public schools and give our teachers a boost in pay that they deserve. I want all front-line workers to receive compensation from the surplus for their hard work during the pandemic. One of my platform priorities is to balance our budget and give tax reductions to working families and eliminate the Social Security Tax. 

Education/employment: Are Minnesota’s K-12 and higher ed systems prepared to address the workforce dynamics in a post-COVID era? 

 The current area House Representatives voted against the Education Bill that would have been a huge boost to hiring more teachers, counselors, substitute teachers and much needed funding for our rural schools. Rural Minnesota schools have been underfunded for 20 years and the end result is higher local taxes in special levies and bonds. We need to reverse this trend at the state level, and it starts with electing a representative that supports our public schools.

What specific changes are necessary?

Minnesota needs to be able to have schools adapt to the new technology and advancements of real-world jobs. The Minnesota legislature needs to get our rural students the best tools in the classroom to stay on track with metro schools and one of the tools to achieve this is to have a state level per pupil funding that is equal for every district.

Health care: The overturning of Roe vs. Wade by the U.S. Supreme Court has put abortion law back in the hands of state legislatures. Do you support any specific changes to state law?

I believe the government should not make decisions about any individual’s healthcare.

Transportation: Is state transportation funding properly balanced between roads and bridges and mass transit? If not, what changes do you propose?

Infrastructure and other projects in rural Minnesota are vital to keeping our communities vibrant and functional with money from the state. I have talked with many community members and businesses that were counting on LGA receiving money to support their projects and every current MN rural house member walked away from the table in Spring 2022. This will be a huge setback for rural communities all across the state because the current representatives wanted to play politics, and we all remember the last time negligence like this took place. I will work hard every day I am in office to make rural Minnesota a city on a hill that people will aspire to live in and visit to spend their tourism money.

Police reform: Proposed police reform stalled in the Legislature. 

Rural Minnesota needs to shift with the current county dynamics and add more deputies to the sheriff’s department. This scenario has already played out recently in Morris and other rural counties have adapted to this approach and I fully support adding more resources to our district.

Should additional initiatives be pursued?

Money from the current MN budget surplus needs to go to bonuses, retention and hiring more law enforcement officers and staff to create a healthier and safer rural Minnesota.

Public notices: Some local government bodies continue to push for the elimination of state requirements to publish public notices, except on government websites. Independent research continues to show that far more citizens see public notices when they are published in the newspapers/on newspaper websites that they already use regularly. What’s your view on publication of important legal notices only by local government body websites?

Local newspapers are very important in documenting public notices and local happening and to be the physical paper trail. From there they can be transferred online for others to be able to access them digitally.

Other issues: Are there other issues you want to address?

My intentions are to make rural Minnesota a better place for everyone and some of my campaign priorities can be found at satterformn.com

Briefly summarize your personal background and qualifications.

Name: Jason Satter

Education: MSUM B.S Physical Education

My wife and I are raising our children in this wonderful rural district, and I want rural life to improve for everyone. I have been a leader at every step in my life and I have used these tools as a squad leader in the ARMY, captain of the MSUM Dragon football team, a volunteer coach for Pelican Rapids youth athletics, volunteer for MDHA and the Franklin Lake Association President for the last 4 years.

I believe in never asking someone to do something you’re not willing to do yourself. I have lived and worked in Minnesota Senate District 9 almost my entire life. This has instilled in me a strong work ethic. I have shoveled manure, baled hay, fished, hunted, served honorably in the ARMY, delivered mail, planted corn and beans, helped build roads, cut trees with my dad and painted more red barns than I care to count. I have sold and delivered AG products to farms large and small across the upper Midwest. My blue-collar roots and real-world experiences will guide my time in the Minnesota House of Representatives, and I will fight to make the life of every person in my district better.