‘Rethink and build for the future of roads, bridges, transit’
From the Minneapolis Labor Review, September 25, 2020
By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor
SHAKOPEE — “People in Shakopee just want to continue living good lives and have the government respond to their needs — and that’s what we’re doing,” says Brad Tabke.
Tabke, formerly a two-term mayor of Shakopee, is running for a second term to represent District 55A in the Minnesota House of Representatives. He’s running for re-election with the endorsement of the Minnesota AFL-CIO and the DFL Party.
In the legislature’s 2019 session, Tabke earned a 100 percent voting record from the Minnesota AFL-CIO on working family issues.
While the continuing political polarization at the legislature makes the news on some of the big issues of the day, Tabke notes, “I’m really lucky with my work that I needed to and wanted to get done for my district… There was good bipartisan support.”
He reports getting legislation passed which specifically benefited Canterbury Park, Valley Fair, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, and the Minnesota Correctional Facility located in Shakopee. “I’m super happy with that,” he says.
As vice chair of the Transportation Finance and Policy Division in the House, Tabke helped to pass a 2019 safety bill requiring drivers to move over a lane when construction workers are present with flashing lights.
This year, he relates, “I was able to work on a lot of COVID response bills” that related to transportation issues (for example, relaxing some requirements regarding the renewal of drivers licenses).
Making progress on nuts and bolts legislation is important to Tabke, but he also wants to see the two parties address the bigger issues facing the state.
The DFL-controlled House passing the transportation bill he helped write, for example “was really impactful work… to rethink and build for the future of roads, bridges and transit across the state.” Unfortunately, the Republican majority in “the Senate didn’t agree.” If the DFL wins control of the Senate, he says, “it shows were we can go if we’re in charge.”
Another concern for Tabke: “It is unconscionable to me that Minnesota can simultaneously rank second best in the nation for raising a family while also being second worst in the nation for racial inequities. This is a concern for all citizens and businesses in the state of Minnesota. We must stop simply talking about this issue and start actively working toward solutions.”
Brad Tabke: ‘Pass bills and get things done’
(Minneapolis Labor Review,
October 26, 2018)