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.
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 held 12 town halls in 2019!
- Kelly favors reforms such as Ranked Choice Voting and protections against political gerrymandering.
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.
On Memorial Day this year, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Some highlights from last session:
- Excelsior sales tax to preserve the Excelsior Commons.
- One time fund transfer to allow MCEC to expand its building to meet the growing demand for early childhood and adult education.
HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
- Require health insurance companies to cover 3D mammograms for women that are at high risk of breast cancer.
- Continue funding for children’s residential mental health care
- Disability bathrooms – requiring newly constructed bathrooms to be fitted with adult sized changing tables
- Prior authorization bill to streamline the process for patients and providers
- Prescription Drug Price Affordability Commission to periodically review changes to drug pricing and set limits if drastic increases in prices occur
- Family Planning Special Projects grants to protect access to contraception for low income Minnesotans
Environment & Natural Resources
- Lawns to Legumes program that provides grants to homeowners to help them convert traditional lawns into pollinator friendly habitats.
- Fund research and prevention of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) in our lakes and rivers.
A LOOK AHEAD
Bills that Kelly authored that she will bring back in the coming session:
- Drug Price Transparency Act – requiring pharmaceutical companies to report to the Commissioner of Health the reasons why new drugs, existing drugs or newly acquired drugs are so expensive.
- Exempting providers of prenatal care from being mandatory reporters of women who use substances during their pregnancy so that they will get the prenatal care they need.
- Spring Park bonding bill to help Spring Park make necessary updates to its water infrastructure
- Changing our mining permitting laws to better protect water, human health and our economy.
It was a busy legislative session and I chief authored 36 bills and co-authored many more. I worked hard to reach across the aisle and am proud that more than 80% of my healthcare bills were bipartisan. Eight of my bills became law, either as standalone bills or as part of the final budget.
New bills that I plan to introduce:
- Extend Medical Assistance to a year after birth so that women and their families get the care they need.
- Establishing a youth prevention office for vaping.