A Strong and Diverse Economy

Tina believes in economic opportunity and a diverse economy so businesses can grow and workers get better pay and better jobs. She also believes this can be achieved by investing in manufacturing and technology, helping small businesses grow, and expanding our agriculture economy.

You should be able to earn a living wage, which is why – as Minnesota’s Lt. Governor – she worked hard to raise Minnesota’s minimum wage and supported legislation to close the gender pay gap. She also helped bring high paying jobs to Southern Minnesota by leading a public-private partnership with the Mayo Clinic that generated billions of dollars in private investment in the region and state.

We’ve got to think about the future of our workforce — and a big part of that is making sure workers have the skills they need to fill high-demand jobs. In the Senate, Tina serves on the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs committee. She helped write a new law that helps students access high-quality training programs that they need to find high-skill, high-wage, or in-demand jobs and helps to recruit Career and Technical Education teachers in fields like health care, manufacturing, IT, and construction.

Tina believes that while we’ve made a lot of progress in the fight for workplace and economic equality, there is still a lot of work to do. A woman only makes an average of 80 cents to every dollar a white, non-Hispanic man makes – and that gap only widens when broken down by race with Native women making only 57 cents and Black women making only 63 cents for every dollar – which is why Tina is working in the U.S. Senate to close the gender pay gap. She also supports increasing paid and family medical leave so parents can stay home to take care of their children and family without the worry of losing a paycheck.