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State House District 85

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  • Michele Binkley

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    Laura Jackson

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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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State program funding is going to be a major issue in a time when a ballooning Federal Government deficit will impact funding for many programs and government at all levels is struggling in the face of the fallout from Covid-19. Government is responsible for services—roads, schools, protections from harm, a healthy and sustaining environment in which we can all flourish, earning a decent living for our hard work and having affordable healthcare available for ourselves and those we love. We all need to recognize these benefits to ourselves and our neighbors and be willing to fairly share the costs. We have a right to expect honesty and good management, but government is not simply a moneymaking business.
Fossil fuel usage needs to be reduced. The latest reliable models that I have seen indicate that at least 50% of climate change is being driven by human causes, so any steps we can take to reduce this percentage are positive, as long as we give proper transitional support to those whose livelihoods are negatively impacted by this transition made for the general good.
Insuring equal pay and providing affordable quality child care should be legislative priorities.
Invest strongly in our public education system, particularly in support of teacher salaries to attract the brightest and best to this essential profession.
Take full advantage of all available federal programs while working to improve on them and insure their widespread understanding and availability. Insure good nutrition is available to all and good preventive medical screenings as the best investment of dollars for good healthcare outcomes. Legislation that gives real incentives to rural area medical providers should also be implemented.