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    Jasmine Taylor

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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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Great Falls faces a substance abuse crisis. Substance abuse goes hand in hand with poverty. We've also seen increases in crime, which can also be attributed to poverty. We need to strengthen our social safety net. This includes increasing Montana's minimum wage to $15/hour, assuring all Montanan's have health insurance, providing affordable housing options, and providing publicly funded Pre-K for kids. Health coverage must include mental health services and substance use services. We also need to acknowledge that climate change is destroying our planet and threatens our public lands that we love so dearly. We must invest is renewable energy and being the transition away from non-renewable energy immediately.
Firstly, we must stop the creation of the Keystone Pipeline in Eastern Montana. We must also stop Northwest Energy's attempts to expand mining in the colstrip area. The purposed Great Falls slaughterhouse must also be vehemently opposed. Protecting our lands and waters is our responsibility and should guide all policies we make. We must invest in research and development for renewable energy. Investment in wind energy is one promising way to invest in clean energy and create good-paying jobs while doing so. There are also opportunities for expanding solar energy, and there are many funding solutions such as a CPACE program to encourage businesses to update their infrastructure and reward individuals and businesses that adopt renewables.
The most pressing issue in this area is the epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. We must fully fund efforts to prevent these crimes. Electing Indigenous leaders along with amplifying the voices of those most affects are two ways we can do this. We also need to pass a statewide NonDiscrimination Ordinance to protect the LGBTQ+ community who often face discrimination in the workplace. Further, we must provide publicly funded pre-k. Childcare costs keep people in poverty, and women are more likely to suffer due to these high costs. Decriminalization and addressing implicit bias within our justice system can help address the alarming rates at which Indigenous people are imprisoned. Legalize marijuana and expunge criminal records
The state needs to re-assess its current funding equation, as it is no longer meeting the minimum needs of our schools. We should legalize recreational marijuana and invest this money in our schools. Continued school levies which raise property taxes are untenable, and those in poor neighborhoods are at a distinct disadvantage. We need to have publicly funded Pre-K, and we need to control in-state tuition costs. Investing in our children's education is an investment in the long-term success of our state.
Montana Medicaid income limits should be expanded . We must control the costs of healthcare and prescriptions. We should allow the import of lower price prescription drugs from Canada. Further, we need to take money out of politics. Candidates should not be able to receive donations from healthcare, pharmaceutical (really, ANY industry). We need to strengthen our existing laws to limit candidate's ability to self-fund as this results in the ultra wealthy being elected, and then voting in favor of healthcare industries rather than citizens. Ultimately, we need Medicare for all. Until that time, we need every Montanan to have the option of being covered by Medicaid (as expanded by the ACA).