Tonight I was by St. Cloud Technical and Community College along one of the roads perpendicular to 15th St. This neighborhood has been there for probably 30-40 years and a mix of old and new homes, old and new families. I met one family who had just arrived in St. Cloud from out of state; their neighbor, another young family, joined in. The new residents are here for jobs at our hospital (one has the job, the other hopeful.) We talked a bit about the area and how the health care industry has grown so dramatically here. I was lifted by that scene, a neighbor greeting a new family to town.
That is really what door knocking is about. I'm not just a guy looking for a job, though that is what I am asking you for. I'm a neighbor, I'm someone who calls St. Cloud home, and I am given the opportunity in this race to meet all my neighbors, new residents and old ones.
Also met a younger man tonight, perhaps 30, who has been told his job running a kitchen is in jeopardy because the restaurant needs to balance its books. I told him that I wanted to balance the state's books
But it is hard for restaurants to keep treating their workers well when government decides to disallow a young person from working for a restaurant for less than the minimum wage. It is hard for a restaurant to keep treating its workers well when we raise taxes on liquor (already the highest-taxed good in Minnesota and taxed 20-80% higher than in surrounding states.) It is hard to treat your workers well when the government decides your sole proprietorship making $300,000 in net revenue should pay higher taxes out of 'fairness'.
All that out of a 3-minute meeting with a voter in north St. Cloud. And I get to do that every day between now and November. I look forward to visiting more of you and hearing more about the lives and concerns of my neighbors.
* -- corrected for typo; thanks to Fred for catching it!