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On the Issues: Tim Walz vs Scott Jensen on Abortion and Education.

Governor Tim Walz has worked tirelessly to support Minnesota working families throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, vowed to protect abortion rights in Minnesota, and promised to work to fully funding public schools.

But his opponent, extreme conservative Scott Jensen, wants to ban abortion in Minnesota and give tax breaks to the richest Minnesotans and wealthy corporations at the expense of public education. 

Governor Tim Walz Will Fight for Abortion Rights in Minnesota 

Governor Tim Walz has promised to protect access to safe, legal abortion. And the day after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Walz signed an executive order to protect those seeking abortions in Minnesota.

In Congress, Governor Walz consistently voted against restricting the constitutional right to abortion and voted against defunding Planned Parenthood.

And as Minnesota Governor, Governor Walz has vowed never to sign an abortion ban and said he would keep anti-choice judges off our state Supreme Court.

Governor Walz has shown time and time again that protecting the right to abortion is a priority. We do not doubt that under his watch, Minnesota can remain a haven for abortion care in the Midwest, despite the egregious Supreme Court decision. 

Scott Jensen Wants to Ban Abortion in Minnesota

On the other hand, conservative candidate for governor Scott Jensen wants to move Minnesota far to the right and turn back the clock on women’s rights. 

Scott Jensen has repeatedly said he would try to ban abortion in Minnesota. And in an interview in May 2022, Jensen stated that he would ban abortion without exceptions for rape or incest.   

He even supports a Texas-style law that bans abortion as early as six weeks, criminalizes abortion, allows strangers to collect $10,000 for reporting women who have abortions, and fines or arrests doctors who perform abortions.

That is unacceptable. 

With our neighboring states prepared to ban abortion now that Roe has been overturned, Minnesota remains a crucial provider of abortion care in the Midwest. In fact, Minnesota abortion providers are already seeing an overwhelming influx of patients from other states looking for the care they need.

If Scott Jensen gets his way, abortion access will be on the line for millions of women.

Governor Tim Walz is Dedicated to Minnesota Public Education

As a former public school teacher, Tim Walz understands the value of a good public education. 

As governor, he signed the biggest education funding increase in two decades, raised teacher pay, expanded access to pre-K, and worked to get kids safely back into their physical classrooms and keep them there during the pandemic.

Under Walz’s leadership, Minnesota ranked as the best state in the country for women and kids during the pandemic.

And Walz is continuing to invest in schools so that students receive a world-class education and prioritize mental health support and counselors for students.

Scott Jensen Will Cut Funding for Public Schools 

As a Minnesota State Senator, Jensen voted to underfund Minnesota schools and reduce access to pre-K for Minnesota’s youngest learners.

And he voted to give millions of dollars in tax breaks to the wealthiest Minnesotans and big tobacco companies at the expense of our schools.

Now, Jensen wants to slash even more funding from early childhood, K-12, and higher education programs while giving tax breaks to big corporations and the wealthy.

In addition to giving tax breaks to the wealthy and big corporations at the expense of schools, Scott Jensen wants to take funding away from Minnesota’s public schools and send it to unaccountable private schools.

Scott Jensen has said that public education is “a black hole” and he would put “less money” into Minnesota schools as governor.

Scott Jensen’s plans to cut funding for Minnesota’s public schools means that schools might have to cut classroom programs, lay off teachers, and increase class sizes. And that’s the last thing that students and teachers need right now.

Every Minnesota student deserves access to high-quality education and the opportunity to succeed – no matter their zip code.

Jensen’s plan to leave Minnesota students behind is unacceptable. 

We Need to Hold Scott Jensen Accountable 

Scott Jensen threatens to bring extreme policies to our state that are dangerous for working families and wildly out of touch with Minnesotans’ needs. We need to hold him accountable. 

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