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    LouAnn Hansen

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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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The lack of attainable and affordable housing is an important challenge facing many Montanans. In the 2019 MT Legislature, House Bill 16 was passed and signed into law May 10, 2019 allowing the use of $15 million in the form of loans from the coal severance tax trust fund to pay for low and moderate income multifamily housing projects in our more rural areas. A similar bill passed in 2011 which provides affordable housing for veterans has shown much success. These programs need to be reviewed and if they are working they need to be expanded upon during the 2021 legislative session. These kinds of bills are win-wins for Montanans as our natural resource money is reinvested back into our state helping Montanans.
Montana is a very diverse state; geologically, physically and environmentally, economically, politically, socially and culturally. What works to slow climate change in one part of the state may not be feasible in another part of the state. Additionally, employing specific climate change solutions often has unintended consequences and negative impacts on other fronts. I prefer to focus on small changes each Montanan may consider and implement as they work to reduce the long lasting effects of climate change. Energy efficient building upgrades, moving closer to work, telecommuting, walking/cycling/using mass transit, reusing/recycling/upcycling, and implementing carefully thought out affordable alternatives reduces our carbon footprint.

Inequalities facing women, especially women of minorities exist in Montana. When the issue arises, I will fight for equality for all women. The gender pay gap is real in our state with women earning approximately 73% of what males earn in comparable occupations. Many of these women are heads of households in lower socioeconomic areas. I subscribe to equal pay for equal work and incentives, perhaps in the form of tax credits, to close the pay gap. These incentives not only benefit the individual women but also their communities in which they reside.

The short answer is the legislature needs to adequately fund preK-12 public education in Montana. I will support such legislation. However, going forward the state government must ensure that public funds designated for pre-K through grade 12 goes to public schools. Considering that Montana is only one of a handful of states that doesn't offer public preschool, the school funding formula must allow 4 year olds to be included in the ANB counts, districts must be permitted to contract with community providers, and local school board trustees must supervise all programming and be accredited by the Board of Public Education. Investing in pre-K pays big dividends as these children are more likely to become contributing members of our society.
Our state needs to monitor the success of the 2019 Medicaid expansion bill, HB 658, and build upon it. Again, it is important to note that this expansion bill, which provides healthcare for approximately 96,000 Montanans, is only in force until 2025 so a renewal, preferably a permanent fix, will be necessary to protect the bipartisan work completed so far. In addition, we need to seek solutions to drive down the costs of increasing premiums, deductibles and out of pocket expenses so the workers who are afforded insurance benefits are not overly burdened with additional medical expenses. We also must be mindful of hospitals and healthcare providers who may be reimbursed for services at lower amounts than for private pay plans.

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