Hi. My name is Ben Lien. I grew up in Moorhead and graduated from Moorhead High School. I earned my bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead studying political science and am currently employed with The Village Family Service Center. I am running for the Minnesota House of Representatives in District 4A because I want to fight for Moorhead and Oakport Township.
I am very proud to be from Moorhead and I want to give back to my community. I want to serve the neighborhoods that provide families with opportunities to grow. I want to serve the schools that teach kids lessons for success. I want to serve the businesses that give our city character. I want to serve the community that made me who I am today. If elected as your 4A representative, I will put our community first and work endlessly to keep it strong.
I also want to serve in the Minnesota House of Representatives because St. Paul is broken. The current politics in our state capitol do not reflect Minnesota values. I understand what it means to govern and that the responsibility of an elected official is to create solutions for people. Representative government is not about pursuing personal agendas or pushing personal ideologies. My priority is to create solutions for Moorhead and Oakport Township. With your support, I will go to St. Paul and fight for our community.
Local Government Aid
I will fight to ensure Local Government Aid funding keeps pace with the growth of Moorhead and Oakport Township. These dollars are critical for public safety and infrastructure maintenance. They are also one of the first targets of state budget cuts. As our community grows, Local Government Aid will be an incredibly important funding source for future prosperity.
We need a property tax system that does not put an unfair burden on any homeowner. Replacing the Homestead Market Value Credit with the Homestead Market Value Exclusion was a step in the wrong direction. It decreases the value of the property tax base for local governments and, as a result, forces local governments to increase property tax rates. I will work vigorously for a property tax system that provides local governments the necessary resources to keep property taxes stable.
Enterprise Development Zones
This program delivers valuable funding for our local businesses and keeps them competitive with businesses in North Dakota and South Dakota. Everyone can agree that local businesses are an integral part of any community. Also, I know residents in Moorhead and Oakport Township would rather spend their money in their community. I will fight to keep our businesses regionally competitive and provide folks the opportunity to support our community.
Both Moorhead and Oakport Township have a few final pieces of work to accomplish total flood control. I will fight to shore up funding for these projects through bonding bills, state grants and other sources. This work is vital if our community is to attract new residents and businesses and continue the growth we saw in the last decade.
Public education has long been a source of pride for Minnesota. However, public education has recently fallen from the list of priorities for our state. It has even been used as a source of funding for other purposes. This is unacceptable. I will work tirelessly to support public education funding at all levels, from early child hood development to higher education. This issue is absolutely imperative, not just for today’s students, but also for Minnesota to produce a talented, highly-skilled workforce for the 21st century.
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