Some of the initiatives Jerry will pursue if elected:
Reduce Elementary School Class Sizes
An elementary class size of 22 students or less is key to high academic achievement. Smaller class sizes also help close the achievement gap, yet many elementary schools today have classes of 30 or more. Raising the per-pupil funding by $150 would provide enough money to hire one additional teacher per elementary school and reduce class sizes to a level where teachers can teach and students can learn. We can pay for this by eliminating inefficient programs.
Restore Hydroelectric Power to the Coon Rapids Dam
Jerry's work on the Coon Rapids Dam commission led to the dam's preservation as a barrier to Asian Carp migration, the next step is to restore the dam's power generation capability. The dam can provide clean power to 4,500 homes, while also providing the area with a stable source of revenue.
End Homelessness Among Minnesota Veterans
These brave men and served our country and our community, it’s time to end homelessness for Minnesota veterans. We can start by securing 38 units of housing at the Cottages of Anoka. With that good start and other resources around the state, we can put a roof over the head of every Minnesota veteran.
Invest in Local Roads and Bridges
Jerry is pursuing widening US 10 from Hansen Boulevard to 7th Street in Anoka. He is also seeking funding for bridges on 109th Avenue over Highway 65 and over the railroad tracks in Coon Rapids on both Foley Boulevard and Hansen Boulevard. These projects will improve traffic flow and safety in the North metro area.
Northern Lights Express
Northern Lights Express (NLE) is a planned commuter rail service that would use the existing Duluth to Minneapolis rail line. Initially, Jerry supports the service from Cambridge to Minneapolis with a stop at the Foley Park and Ride in Coon Rapids. This would provide our Northern suburbs with two rail lines, thereby doubling the number of trains available between Minneapolis and Coon Rapids. 80% of the cost of NLE is paid by the federal government out of funds already dedicated for rail projects. If we do not receive the funding, some other community will.