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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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I believe that our state is currently in a stalemate in how to move forward both economically and socially. I want to take steps to ensure the general diversity of our state is well prepared for our next generation coming in to take the reins. I'd like to introduce initiatives to have localities begin reaching out to economic opportunities in alignment with what is necessary for each community to thrive and prosper safely. Finding a way to mitigate the economic effects of the pandemic on our state is also necessary to bring our fellow Montanans back on their feet. I'd like to offer an avenue of tax deferrals and rebates to those most affected. Protecting and expanding upon our public lands is another challenge I'd like to accomplish.
I believe two things are necessary in order to tackle climate change before it takes as such a toll as it has on other American regions. First, we must have state and federal cooperation in forest management to ensure that our state and national forests are given every opportunity to prepare for such change. This can be accomplished through a cooperation of debris removal, forest thinning, and prescribed burns. The second action must be to allow clean energy and technological operations minimal to no taxation in enticing those options to set up in the Big Sky. Our state is well equipped with the natural resources to allow such green tech opportunities optimal function if given the right situation for investment.
In Montana, I do know that we are split almost evenly in gender in this state. I'd love to lower business taxes and eliminate certain unnecessary regulations for first-time female business owners to have a greater foothold in "setting up shop" in this state. Montana seems a prime place for women in general to have a fresh start in equal economic opportunity which will lead to such success creating social equality. For our women in a certain minority population, such as Native American woman, I'd want to continue allowing educational opportunities to be afforded to such a demographic and work with Montana Tribes to enhance economic opportunities in the area with better access to healthcare and police protection to ensure equity.
I believe my state does need to do a better job with teacher unions in order to negotiate a reasonable wage for public educators in accordance with our cost of living. We must also encourage better evaluation and competition/choice in our schools to give both students and parents the best opportunity for their child. I do understand the limitations in rural areas and, instead, would rather focus on boosting funding and grants for those areas. We must ensure a proper equitable situation for education in this state if we are to give the next generations the tools to make it better overall.
I do believe that we should have a "safety net" in affordable healthcare for the time being since private options are not very equitable at this point in time. While we keep that mechanism in place in this state, I'd like to focus on finding a way to expand healthcare providers by making Montana open to providers crossing state lines. We cannot suffice our healthcare needs privately until we open up competition and easier access to providers and their services. This comes along with a guarantee that I will push for pre-existing conditions being covered ALWAYS a clause in such deals.