PRIORITIES

FOR A HEALTHY, THRIVING MINNESOTA

Minnesotans are proud of our unique state. Minnesota is a leader in health care, education, and environmental protections. We need to continue to lead so that Minnesota remains a great place to work and raise a family.

Priorities

Healthcare
All Minnesotans deserve quality, affordable health care, and we should continue our state’s proud tradition of providing excellent care to its people

  • Kelly favors a public MinnesotaCare buy-in option accessible to all individuals that will help us tackle the rising costs of healthcare and address the gaps in affordable coverage.
  • Kelly supports working to reduce the cost of prescription medicines.
  • As a physician, Kelly knows the importance of preserving the sanctity of the provider-patient relationship.
  • Kelly believes in increasing access to mental health care for Minnesotans of all ages.
  • It is important to have someone who has actually practiced medicine at the decision making table.

Education

We need a Cradle to Career approach for a quality education for every Minnesotan

  • As a physician, Kelly understands that the majority of brain development occurs before age 3, so she knows how important it is for kids to get off to a strong, healthy start.
  • Kelly believes that we need to prioritize education funding so that all students have equal access to a world-class education.
  • Providing students with a variety of higher education options, and not just a one-size-fits-all four year college approach, will help ensure that students find their best fit. This approach will help us build a skilled and diverse workforce to fill quality jobs across the state.
Government Integrity & Campaign Finance Reform
It’s time to put the voters back at the center of the decision making
  • Kelly is proud to be running a campaign funded solely by individual contributions (no contributions from PACs or lobbyists).
  • Kelly believes that we need an open and transparent government that works for all Minnesotans.
  • Kelly believes that the community deserves a visible and accessible State Representative who listens to her constituents when making decisions that affect us all. Kelly has held 21 town halls since winning election in 2018!
  • Kelly favors reforms such as Ranked Choice Voting and protections against political gerrymandering.
Seniors
Our senior population is growing rapidly, and it is crucial that we provide a safe environment and support system that is comprehensive and reliable.
  • Kelly will promote policies that protect seniors’ ability to live independently in their homes.
  • Kelly will work to improve access to safe, convenient, and reliable transportation.
  • Kelly will help prepare for our growing senior population through development and training of qualified in-home care and ensure that seniors are protected from neglect and abuse.
Racial Justice
On Memorial Day in 2020, the world watched in horror as George Floyd died at the knee of a Minneapolis police officer. His murder sparked protest, unrest, and a national reckoning with the truth about American history, structural racism, and how we move forward.
  • The tragedy of his death has sparked what may be the largest social movement in American history. This is a watershed moment for our country and provides a chance to reimagine what kind of a country we want America to be.
  • Kelly is committed to working for a more just and equitable Minnesota. She believes it is critical to listen to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) colleagues, community members, and leaders to craft policy to that end.
  • Among other policy proposals, Kelly is supportive of thoughtful policing reform, criminal justice reform, and addressing inequities in healthcare, housing, education, and employment.
Environmental Protection
Minnesota is already on the cutting edge of renewable energy. Kelly believes that we should work to lead the nation toward a renewable energy standard, while creating thousands of 21st century jobs in wind and solar power right here in our state.  We must set ambitious goals to reduce our carbon emissions as we confront the climate crisis.
  • As a 6th generation Minnesotan, Kelly is proud of our state’s history of protecting our lakes, rivers, and wetlands, and believes that we need to continue that legacy for generations to come.
  • Minnesota is already on the cutting edge of renewable energy. Kelly believes that we should work to lead the nation toward a renewable energy standard, while creating thousands of quality 21st century jobs in wind and solar power right here in our state.
  • Protecting pollinators and moving away from the use of dangerous pesticides are also priorities of Kelly’s.
  • Kelly is concerned about the proposed Glencore/PolyMet and Antofagasta/Twin Metals sulfide mining projects in water-rich Minnesota, and is working to change our mining permitting laws to better reflect the risk of sulfide mining.
Gun Safety
We must take common sense steps to protect our children and communities from gun violence
  • As a doctor and a scientist, Kelly believes that it is imperative that we study gun violence so that we can make data driven decisions to make our communities safe.
  • Kelly agrees with the 90% of Minnesotans who believe that we should have universal background checks for every gun sale in Minnesota, no exceptions.
  • Kelly believes that Red Flag laws that keep guns away from domestic abusers, violent criminals, and suspected terrorists should be enacted.
  • As a mom and the wife of a combat veteran, Kelly knows that we need to work together to make sure that weapons of war stay out of the wrong hands and off our streets. She favors reinstating the assault weapons ban.
Economy
We need a robust economy to support a healthy, thriving Minnesota
  • Kelly supports prioritizing a sustainable State Budget that provides the services that Minnesotans expect and deserve from their tax dollars. The long term health of our state depends on having a wisely invested, balanced and transparent budget process.
  • Investing in and maintaining our infrastructure – including roads and bridges – must be a priority for Minnesota. We cannot continue to rely on costly temporary bandages to provide relief for our eroding infrastructure.
  • Promoting, supporting, and encouraging small businesses and entrepreneurs in our district and our state is critical. Large and small companies benefit from a skilled and healthy workforce and provide the jobs that grow our economy. This positive economic and social environment is one of the reasons why Minnesota has the highest per capita number of Fortune 500 companies from a broad range of industries.
  • Minnesota has a high quality of life, but our state income taxes are among the highest in the country. We need to invest in our state, while maintaining reasonable fiscal responsibility.
Veterans and the Military Community
Our veterans deserve our respect, gratitude, and support.
  • Kelly’s husband, John Willoughby, is a combat veteran and former Army Ranger. Her father-in-law is a disabled veteran from his combat wounds in Vietnam. Both her father and grandfather are veterans.
  • Because of their experiences and from her own experience caring for veterans at a VA hospital, Kelly knows how important and needed a strong health care system is for our veterans.
  • Kelly will work hard to ensure our veterans and their families get the support they deserve.

 

Bills chief authored by Kelly Morrison that are now law in Minnesota:

Mental Health

  • PSYPACT – Interstate compact allowing licensed psychologists to practice across state lines, expanding needed access to mental healthcare
  • Funding for intensive children’s residential mental healthcare

Education

  • Ban individual screens for our youngest learners (in pre-K and Kindergarten)
  • Digital well-being grants to empower students to be smart users of technology
  • Allow students to apply sunscreen without a note from a doctor
  • Funding for Minnesota Youth Council – supporting youth voices at the Capitol

HEALTHCARE

  • Drug Price Transparency to help drive down
    costs
  • Prior authorization reform to improve and
    speed access
  • Breast cancer screening coverage for high-
    risk individuals
  • Telehealth – allow access to care via
    telephone or video
  • Extending Medical Assistance for 60 days to
    12 months postpartum
  • Respite care for people experiencing
    homelessness after hospitalization
  • Enhanced medical assistance coverage for children with asthma
  • Funding for youth tobacco product use prevention
  • Exempting providers of prenatal care from being mandatory reporters of women who use substances during pregnancy
  • Improved re-credentialing for providers using birth month renewal

ENVIRONMENT

  • Funding for research, prevention, and treatment of aquatic invasive species
  • Lawns to legumes – nationally recognized program to help Minnesotans transform traditional lawns into pollinator-friendly habitats

INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Funding to replace a dangerously aging bridge in Deephaven
  • Funding critical water infrastructure repair in Spring Park
  • Allowing Excelsior a local option sales tax to help fund restoration and repair of the Excelsior Commons
  • Minnetonka Community Education Center – allowing a funds transfer to expand its building to accommodate growing demand for early childhood and adult education
  • Funding a roundabout at the entrance to Minnetonka Middle School West to ease congestion and improve safety

Paid for by Kelly Morrison for Minnesota Senate
PO Box 684, Wayzata, MN 55391