BARRETT IS CHANGE
About Bob Barrett
- Political Beliefs
- Important Issues
Bob lives in
Lindstrom with his wife (Judi) and two teenage daughters who attend Chisago Lakes
Active member of
Living Branch Lutheran Church, North Branch, MN (LCMS)
Bachelor of Arts
in Accounting from Minnesota State University, Mankato
(Certified Public Accountant) Exam in 1992
at a Major Non-Profit Foundation (employed there, for 17+ years)
10 year local
baseball umpire, basketball and football referee (if you have a
child in sports, I probably officiated their game)
Over 20 years
experience in budgeting and finance
Member of Chisago
Lakes School District Community Finance Committee
Student Mentor -
Chisago Lakes School District
Former Treasurer - Living
Branch Lutheran Church, Living Branch Kids Carnival volunteer
Elder, Vacation Bible School Director, Sunday School Teacher
Michelle Bachmann at MN Senate Education Committee regarding
Profiles of Learning
to become more efficient
Lend people who
are hurting a hand up, not a hand out
needs to be reformed, putting children first
Repeal the state
law that fines school districts when teacher contracts are not
finalized by January 15
business taxes are too high and need to be reduced to promote
private sector job growth
spending to promote private sector growth
Acres" tax increases
country's history, few men accomplished so much with their lives
as Benjamin Franklin did. His achievements were extraordinary.
His understanding of education and true learning were
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me
and I learn."
--Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
I love this quote because it acknowledges that education should
be about the goal of learning instead of the bureaucracy of
teaching or telling. Education needs to be "about the kids" and
not about teachers, unions or administrators.
Unfortunately, the public education bureaucracy in Minnesota
today, too often, puts the wants and needs of adults ahead of
the educational needs of our children. Proof that this occurs is
all around us.
One example is that we have a state law that penalizes only the
school district ($25 per student) when the district and
teacher's union don't settle on a teacher's contract by January
15. In 2010, this law resulted in over 200 of the state's 342
districts, under threat of impending fine, settling contracts
with the teacher's union just prior to this Jan 15 deadline. The
result was hundreds of millions of dollars in extra expenses for
schools at a time when the state of Minnesota has a $1 billion
dollar budget deficit and flat education funding. Now, teachers
will have to be laid off to pay for these increases. Does this
put kids first?
Another example of putting adults ahead of children is what
happened in one of one of Minnesota's school districts in 2009.
A star teacher, universally loved by students and parents alike,
was bumped out of a job during budget cuts in favor of someone
else in the district whose non-teaching position was being
eliminated. Unfair you say? This person had tenure, whereas the
star teacher didn't. In an environment where the needs of kids
are always put first, this wouldn't be allowed to happen.
If you have been following the US Department of Education "Race
to the Top" funding that Minnesota was recently rejected for,
you know that there is a high level of dysfunction in
Minnesota's education bureaucracy. This dysfunction is a barrier
that prevents our kids from achieving a high quality education.
We cannot continue to whitewash this dysfunction by throwing
more money at K-12 education in this state. In fact, it's time
to allow parents to take their tax dollars with them when they
choose to send their kids to private school or to home school.
I have two children who attend high school in the Chisago Lakes
School District. I currently serve on the Chisago Lakes School
District Community Finance Committee. I've been a student mentor
for the last five years at both the middle school and high
school. I have also officiated varsity basketball games in North
Branch as well as hundreds of youth football, basketball and
baseball games all around Chisago County. My position at Hazelden involves working to implement violence and bullying
prevention curricula in schools all across this country. I
care about improving education for all of our kids. I am
convinced that the way to do this is by changing the culture of
the education bureaucracy by putting the needs of our kids
If you have any questions for me, please give me a call
not the solution to the problem, government IS the problem!"
declared Ronald Reagan at his 1981 inauguration. Twenty-nine
years later, Obamacare has proven just how right President
As your state representative, these four issues will be my top
size and influence of government
productivity in K-12 education
private sector jobs by creating a competitive business climate
human life from conception until natural death
Today, I'd like to discuss how we can reduce the size and
influence of government.
1) DOWNSIZE. Reducing the size means reducing the number
of public employees. When state government is the largest
employer in Minnesota and Hennepin County, the 17th largest
employer in MN, has more employees than Best Buy, a company with
annual sales of over $45 Billion, you know that government has
too many people on its payroll.
2) REDUCE PUBLIC SECTOR BENEFITS. Aligning benefits that
public sector employees receive with those typical in the
private sector means moving to High Deductible Health Plans and
"Defined Contribution" not "Defined Benefit" retirement plans
for public sector employees.
3) AUDIT GOVERNMENT SPENDING. We should be auditing large
public works projects to eliminate waste. From my days working
in finance and passing the CPA exam, I know of ways to expose
waste in government bidding so that we pay less for future
bridge and road projects.
4) FLORIDA REPORT. The state of Florida just received a
report by a tax watch group that highlighted over $3 Billion in
savings that can be made in that state. We can use this report
to reduce expenses in Minnesota.
5) SANCTUARY CITIES. Illegal immigration takes jobs away
from Minnesota citizens. It reduces public safety and it
increases the costs associated with health care and education. I
will work to eliminate sanctuary cities in Minnesota.
6) MINNESOTA BUDGET DEFICIT. The state budget deficit is
projected to grow to almost $6 billion dollars next year. This
provides an opportunity to reduce the size and influence of
government while meeting our constitutional requirement of
balancing our state budget.
If you have any questions for me, please give me a call
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Who is Bob
Bob Barrett is the
Republican endorsed candidate for state representative for House
District 32b which encompasses most of Chisago County.
Bob is currently a Director at a Major Non-Profit
Foundation in charge of Market Research and Marketing Analysis.
Bob has spent 17+ years at this Foundation in various financial,
analytical and operational leadership positions. Bob lives in
Lindstrom with his wife (Judi) and two teenage daughters who attend
Chisago Lakes High School. Bob graduated from Minnesota State
University with a BA in Accounting in 1989, passed the Certified
Public Accountancy exam in 1991 and has over 20 years experience
helping private sector businesses make smart business and
The Barrett's are active members of Living Branch Lutheran Church
(a member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod) where Bob is a
long time treasurer and member of the church leadership team.
Bob is a former church elder, vacation bible school director and
Sunday school teacher. Judi is a former youth group director and
has twice traveled to the country of Latvia on church mission
trips. Bob and Judi’s daughters are Sunday school teachers at
Living Branch and have formerly directed the Sunday school
Christmas program. Bob and family also help put on the wildly
successful Living Branch Kid’s Carnival held each September at
Central Park in North Branch where in 2009 members of Living
Branch helped bring joy and happiness to over 2,000 Chisago
County children for an afternoon.
Bob is active in the area schools where he is a member of the
Chisago Lakes School District Finance Team (3 years) and is a
mentor in the school district (5 years) and has officiated several
hundred basketball, football, baseball and softball games in
Chisago County over the past 10 years. If you have a child in
any one of these Bob has probably officiated some of their games
along the way (but he would like to ask that you don’t hold that
against him on November 2…)
• I won the GOP endorsement for state as a private citizen over
intense competition over 3 currently elected local officials
that had already declared their candidacies.
Having jumped in against 3 currently elected officials to win
the GOP endorsement is testimony to the fact that I passionately
want to be your state representative. I want to serve in this
position for the following reasons;
• To help balance the impending $5.8 billion dollar state budget
deficit while eliminating the imbalance between the growth in
government and the shrinking private sector.
• To create private sector jobs by transferring scarce resources
back to the private sector doing this by lowering taxes and
reducing government intrusion and bureaucracy.
• Put “Kids First” in education for once by repealing laws that
are counter- productive to improving education ($25 per student
fine on school districts when unions can’t agree with district
on a contract as an example in modifying and improving teacher
tenure in Minnesota)
• Reform education funding in MN so that schools like North
Branch and Rush City aren’t left with leftovers from the $13
Billion dollar state education budget.
• Reduce small business taxes across the board (property and
income taxes) to eliminate the advantage that low tax/low
regulation border states like South Dakota and North Dakota have
over high tax and high regulation Minnesota
• I am pro-life and will advocate strongly for the rights of the
• I will work tirelessly to repeal the Green Acres tax increases
of 2008 and 2009.
• Cut spending and reduce state government so that it can focus
on its core objective of providing for the "security, benefit
and protection of the people" (Article 1, Section 1 of the MN
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