The number one issue facing Montanans is climate change and every legislator must commit to finding bipartisan solutions to tackle this generational crisis. To do this, we absolutely must defeat Donald Trump this November. On the state level, there is no more important race than electing Mike Cooney as your Governor. We need immediate changes at the federal level, but we also must protect our Montana values in local and state race too. Vote all the way down your ballot. Fill in every bubble. Your ballots are in the mail now. Vote like your life depends on it because I am certain, it does!
Montana needs to reduce emissions, and it should do that in the most efficient, least disruptive way possible. My predecessor and mentor from the Montana State Senate, Dr. Dick Barrett, introduced a carbon tax. I’ll support the same. Governor Steve Bullock also wisely created the Montana Climate Solutions Council, working towards solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, prepare the state for climate impacts, and address the needs of communities in transition through appropriate economic development and workforce strategies. There will be a number of efforts to address our climate crisis and the bottom line is that we must go to zero net emissions, immediately.
In order to ensure racial and economic justice and opportunity for all, I will work with our coalition partners on comprehensive agendas to support minority owned-businesses, enhance a just and equitable cannabis industry, end private prisons, provide a working agenda and empowerment for our Tribal Nations and Indigenous Peoples, comprehensive criminal justice reform, protecting the rights and equality of people with disabilities, unwavering advocacy for LGBTQ Montanans, and support for a woman's Constitutional right to body autonomy in making their own health care decisions.
I’ve told the delegation elected from Missoula, we’re not leaving that Capitol Building without an increase in funding for the University of Montana. It needs to be our priority. The University is rebounding, thanks to its current leadership and their commitment to updating infrastructure, investing in diverse support services, and vastly improving its marketing and recruiting efforts. However, revenue cannot rely solely on tuition. Higher education has opened every door for me and it’s long past time for the Montana legislature to stand behind UM to provide the necessary funding to ensure quality, affordable education for all Montanans. Go Griz!
Health care is a basic human right. I support universal health care for all. I have plans to raise wages for Montanans and to reduce costs that are crushing our families, like the costs of child care, education, housing – and health care.