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    Tom France
    (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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Montana faces many challenging issues including addressing climate change, providing affordable health care, strengthening our public schools, colleges and universities and protecting our wonderful environment. The solutions to these and other issues are challenging both because of their complexity and because of sharply different political views. I will approach every issue and every vote by carefully examining the facts, listening to my constituents and by seeking to understand other points of view. But I am running as a progressive Democrat and I am intent on finding solutions and passing legislation that benefits all Montanans and provides everyone with opportunities to succeed and help our state grow and prosper.
The Montana Climate Solutions Council appointed by Governor Bullock has recently released a comprehensive plan that I strongly support. This plan lays out steps for quickly reducing our reliance on carbon based energy and providing incentives for renewable energy sources. The plan addresses steps communities can take to mitigate current and anticipated future climate impacts. Finally, and wisely, the plan calls for job retraining and other steps to strengthen Montana's economy even as our energy portfolio shifts to cleaner fuels. I also support legislation for net-metering, which would allow homeowners and other small energy producers to sell surplus electricity from wind and solar generation back to Northwestern Energy.
I am committed to securing equal opportunities in education, employment, and leadership for every woman and to ensuring safe, healthy, and nurturing environments for all women. Women must have an equitable role in determining local, state, and national policies, and also in allocating resources to meet the needs of families and communities
The Legislature's primary responsibility is to pass the budget and provide adequate funding for public education from pre-K through our universities and colleges. Strengthening our entire system of public education is one of my highest priorities. In addition, I would like to expand broadband access to promote remote learning and increasing starting teacher salaries which are ranked last in the nation. I also support creating a paid family leave program so every family can nurture new children and respond other family needs. Family leave will help families and and their children.
Many Republicans in the Legislature have opposed Montana Medicaid expansion even though expanded Medicaid has brought health insurance to tens of thousands of Montanans. Expanded Medicaid only exists because a coalition of Democrats and solution oriented Republicans have supported it I will join this coalition and I strongly support continuing Montana's partnership with the federal government to provide expanded medical insurance through Medicaid. I also support rural critical access hospitals, expanding broadband access and telehealth capabilities, lowering the cost of prescription drugs and developing specific strategies for Native American healthcare and our aging population.