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State House District 28

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  • Ed Hill
    (Rep)

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    Krystal Steinmetz
    (Dem)

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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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Mailing Address PO Box 570
Havre, MT 59501
Campaign Phone (406) 399-1217
Campaign Email krystalforHD28@gmail.com
Aging infrastructure: From bridges and dams, to roadways, water and sewer systems and deteriorating schools, the Big Sky state has a lengthy list of infrastructure projects that are needed, but unfortunately, the state doesn’t have enough money to complete them. It’s vital that the state makes sustainable investments in its infrastructure or it risks hurting its chances for economic growth and community vitality. COVID-19: Economic experts in the state say COVID-19 has plunged Montana into its worst recession since World War II and Montana’s economy can expect a loss of 51,000 jobs this year. The Legislature is going to be tasked with making some big decisions regarding budgets and policy that can help hurting Montana families.
All Montanans have a right to enjoy a clean and healthful environment. From taking measures that provide clean air and water today to passing legislation that ensures a healthy and livable environment for future generations, it should be the goal of all Montanans to limit environmental injustices that pose both human and economic threats today and in the future. The Montana Climate Solutions Plan sets a path forward for Montana to set goals for the state to combat climate change. I think that document gives the state a good place to start. Montana has an amazing opportunity to increase its wind, solar and energy efficiency while also helping to reduce carbon emissions, protect public health and create new jobs! It’s a win-win.
The inequities women face in Montana today are often much worse for women of color. Minority women are paid less than white women in Montana. Minority women are also at higher risk of living in poverty, with less opportunity to have health insurance or have earned a college degree. They are more likely to be incarcerated than their Caucasian counterparts. Montana’s Native American women face higher than average risks of sexual assault, rape, domestic violence, and murder. I am committed to supporting any policy that helps bring missing and murdered indigenous women to the forefront of conversations in our state. More funding is necessary for mental health services and legal services to help women, especially minority women, in Montana.
I’m ashamed to say that Montana is one of only a handful of other states that doesn’t have a publicly funded pre-k program. Without public pre-k, Montana families are forced to find a private provider or if they’re low-income, they may qualify for HeadStart. As a result, many Montana preschool-age children are going without any early learning. If Montana wants its students to succeed, we need to invest in our youngest learners. Bipartisan support of a pre-k funding bill should be pursued again in the 2021 legislative session. Early childhood education is incredibly important! It boosts graduation numbers which can lead to better and higher paying jobs for Montana kids. I believe investing in quality public education is good policy work.
I believe that a single-payer health care system is in the best interest of all Americans, but until that’s feasible, Montana needs to fight to protect and safeguard the Affordable Care Act, which has enabled millions of Americans -- including thousands of Montanans -- to purchase healthcare coverage or at a minimum, receive improved insurance coverage or services. The COVID-19 pandemic presents an unprecedented opportunity for Montanans, and all Americans, to urge elected officials at every level to increase Medicaid expansion and pursue legislation demanding a decrease in prescription drug costs. This should not be a partisan issue. All Montanans need to be able to access quality, affordable healthcare.