State House District 65
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Kelly Kortum (Winner)
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?
Healthcare, especially regarding the pandemic, will be front and center in the next legislative session. Montanans need extra medical and economic support for the next two years and we must craft and pass Montanan solutions to keep our families healthy and safe. I expect a budget shortfall so I am committed to defending funding for public education, mental health services, and infrastructure. Citizens of Montana have a right to vote and right to privacy and I will not allow those rights to be infringed.
Renewable energy and energy storage are two accessible and practical solutions that are available immediately. I also support awareness campaigns for reducing, reusing and recycling, and will insist that entities large and small support this conservation effort.
The pay gap and elected official disparity for women is real and completely unacceptable. Beyond my personal advocacy on this issue, we must consider laws that prevent discrimination and ensure equal pay for equal work.
Public education empowers every Montanan to excel in careers, communities, and families. The state budget priorities must reflect the importance of public education as an essential service. Teachers are underpaid in our state, and rural communities often cannot find teachers to move to their area with such a low salary.
Our state government must improve and further expand Medicaid while keeping keep healthcare costs and insurance premiums in check. This is essential if we hope to keep our rural hospitals open and provide care to under served populations. Mental health should also be considered essential healthcare and be funded accordingly.
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