Why are you running for state representative?
In 2009 I realized government had become unresponsive to voters and that the responsibility to change that was mine along with other citizens so I became involved. As my involvement progressed I believed I could make a difference by running for State Representative. I was elected in 2014. I have worked hard for my district and the State of Minnesota. However, I believe there is more work to be done. We are still working through the damages caused by the Affordable Care Act. Our farmers are under assault by state agencies. State spending is too high and people are taxed too much to pay for it. And, I believe we need to continue the work to take back our state and country from government bureaucracies.
From your perspective, what is the role of a state representative?
I believe strongly in the word “representative.” It is my job to best represent the values and interests of my district along with the broader interests of the State of Minnesota. I also believe I need to communicate to the people in my district what the state is doing and to get their input. Government can be difficult to navigate for citizens of the state. I am very responsive to e-mails, phone calls and letters. I do what I can to get proper information when people have concerns or questions and I write legislation when the answers aren’t sufficient with current law.
Do you think the current buffer rule is the best solution for water quality. If so, why? If not, how would you resolve it?
The buffer law is a broad brush that does little to address clean water. It also takes land from landowners without compensation. There is nobody that doesn’t want clean water. If we are going to address water quality we must use proven science and cooperate with the people that own the land for solutions to improve it where needed.
How would you solve the transportation funding issues facing the state of Minnesota?
Minnesota is spending about $4.8 billion in roads and bridges in the current biennium. I have supported increases in local road and bridge funds. We brought money to towns under 5,000. I assisted in getting $101 million dollars to complete Highway 23 expansion. I also supported the effort to use sales tax on auto parts and car rentals toward roads and bridges.
Do you believe the state’s economy is heading in the right direction? Why or why not?
Yes. It will go even more in the right direction if we can get the burdensome over regulation by state agencies reduced. This state has too many job killing government controls. Minnesotans are the hardest working most productive citizens in the United States. You see it best in agriculture. But our state unnecessarily ties the hands of these producers. It has to stop.
Other than the above issues what do you think is the most significant issue facing the constituency you would represent, and how would you best represent them?
Affordable and accessible health care is the number one issue facing Minnesota, even more so in Greater Minnesota. I authored a bill signed into law by Governor Dayton called the Ag Cooperative Health Plan. It made way for two products now on the market - 40 Square and a plan through Land-O-Lakes. If re-elected, I will next be working to allow associations like Corn Growers or Minnesota Association of Townships to provide health plans. Minnesotans need options and I plan to work toward providing them. Another problem we are facing in rural Minnesota is a lack of daycare options. This is 100 percent due to over-regulation by the state. I have worked and will continue to work to reduce these regulations in order to allow new businesses provide this important service.
Please provide a brief biography of yourself.
Tim Miller was raised in a blue collar family of six in a 900 square foot house. He worked his way through college receiving a degree from the University of Iowa. He is one of only two people in his family to graduate from college. He also served in the Army Reserves for eight years. Tim has spent most of his adult career as a small business owner. Everything he has achieved has been through hard work and the grace of God. Tim lives in Prinsburg with his wife Cherie and one of their seven children, Jacob, who is on the autism spectrum. They also have seven grandchildren.