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State Senate District 7

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  • Bob Brown

  • Diane L. Magone

Biographical Information

What are the most important challenges facing our state and how do you propose to address them?

Which solutions to climate change do you think are most important and most feasible for Montana?

What, if any, specific steps will you take to address inequalities facing women, especially women in minority populations, in our state?

What should state government do, if anything, to provide an equitable, quality public education for all children pre-K through grade 12?

What should our state do over the long term to ensure healthcare access for all?

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The coronavirus pandemic is the worst public health crisis our country has faced in the past 100 years and helping people and businesses in our state get through this is crucial. Our leaders must all work together to make sure everyone has the resources they need and to help our small businesses get back on their feet. Underlying this is all the challenges that we’ve already been facing include access to affordable health care, inadequate food, affordable housing, and jobs that pay a livable wage. Though I plan to support legislation that addresses any and all of these problems, strengthening Medicaid Expansion will be one of my priorities.
Climate change is the biggest challenge we face in our world today, and our country, as a whole, must take a leadership role in the Paris Climate Accord. On a state level, legislation is needed that mandates a rapid transition to renewable energy while fully protecting displaced workers. This involves electrifying our entire energy system and generating that power with renewables while penalizing the continued use of our atmosphere as a dumping site. This process will create a lot of jobs while the penalties can provide the funds to make the transition pain free compared to the direction we are headed now.
It is essential that we guarantee every person in Montana has access to affordable, quality healthcare and that women continue to have the right to make their own decisions about their bodies and their healthcare. Additionally, women are still paid less than men for the same job and women are less likely to be promoted, making it critical that we fight to alleviate these disparities. Even though Hannah’s act was enacted during the 2019 legislative session, there is still more work to be done in addressing the prevalence of missing and endangered Native women and children in this state. Also, discrimination against people of color in our criminal justice system is a huge issue that needs to be addressed.
I will oppose any and all proposed legislation that seeks to allow public funds be used for private and religious schools, including voucher programs and tax deductions or credits through Montana State income taxes. I also will advocate for the funding of state-wide pre-K as a part of our current K-12 school program. Taking a look at the criteria and curriculum for home school programs so there is more consistence with OPI requirements for public schools would be beneficial for those children who are educated in this manner.
The main reason I am running for legislature is because I am concerned about what is happening with our healthcare system. Medicaid Expansion will be up for renewal again in 2025 and in the meantime there are members of our current legislature that are trying their best to weaken the program by ensuring that fewer people qualify for coverage. My intent, should I be elected, is to fight against this and oppose any and all bills that attempt to do this. Medicaid Expansion should be made permanent and we need to guarantee that the 10% of Montanans who are covered by this program continue to have coverage. Continuing Medicaid Expansion is also imperative in keeping the doors of our rural critical access hospitals open as more bills are paid