Jeff Ettinger’s Proposal to Lower Costs for Families 

I know inflation and rising costs are hurting everyone. It’s the #1 issue I hear about when I’m listening to people across the district. 

 

What people want right now are solutions, not more partisan bickering. I spent my business career focused on finding solutions to problems, and in that spirit, here are a few ideas that I think can make a difference right away. 

 

1.    Lower grocery bills by expanding upon the Minnesota program that supported 15 different small meat, poultry, egg and milk processors. We need more small butchers and processors to ease our supply chain issues. My business was making food affordable.
 

2.    Lower costs of everyday items by making more things in the US, especially in Southern Minnesota. Many of the added costs people are facing are related to supply chain disruptions from across the globe.
 

3.    Lower costs of everyday items by passing Senator Amy Klobuchar’s antitrust bill aimed at restoring competition in crucial industries that need more competition.
 

4.    Lower gas prices by building and deploying additional storage and dispensing equipment to store ethanol. This would be particularly beneficial for Southern Minnesota and would make us less reliant on other countries.
 

5.    Lower gas prices by continuing to release more oil from the strategic petroleum reserves.
 

6.    Lower gas prices by allowing for the sale of E15 blended gas all year.
 

7.    Lower drug prices by allowing the government to negotiate drug prices for Medicare patients. Drug prices make up around 20% of health costs.
 

8.   Lower energy bills and create good jobs here in the district by making Southern Minnesota a leader in innovative technology that powers the clean energy economy, from building wind turbines to solar panels to batteries to biofuel.
 

9.    Lower energy bills by encouraging expedited carbon capture and sequestration rule-making to ensure that the US remains a world leader in emissions reduction. 
 

10.    Lower energy bills and put more money into the pockets of some of our smallest rural counties by building more power lines and transmission capacity so that rural energy producers don't have to turn off their turbines when the wind is blowing.