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    Willis Curdy

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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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Many of my constituents have either lost their jobs or had their work hours reduced, and/or lost months of employment resulting in financial hardship. Some jobs will not come back. Montana must expand job skill development by funding our technical schools and higher educational institutions. We need to expand our job training and apprenticeship programs. Montana should work with non-profits to develop an affordable housing program assisting those losing shelter. The Legislature can lessen the financial impacts of child care by establishing a voluntary, state-wide Pre-Kindergarten and an affordable, quality day care program. Finally Montana must continue our Medicaid expansion offering to cover those who have lost employer insurance.
The ultimate goal is to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere. Although several coal fired generating plants have recently closed, Montana still produces a significant amount of carbon emissions from the remaining plants. Natural gas energy production can expand but should only serve as a bridge to expanded wind, hydro and solar power production. Montana energy regulators need to change policies to encourage clean energy use. The Montana Legislature needs to exact policies promoting the reduction of vehicle emissions. Widespread use of electric vehicles is still years away, however Montana must encourage the use of vehicles which meet cleaner standards. We must expand energy conservation initiatives.
I have routinely supported legislation supporting pay equity and parental leave. In addition, I for voted each bill designed to protect Native women from assaults/kidnappings. Those half-dozen or so bills were a good start but we have many issues regarding Native women that were left undone. Economic opportunities for Native women on and off our reservations are abysmal. The legislature needs to incentivize businesses to expand their operations on reservations. The Montana University System needs to cooperate with tribal colleges to provide courses that allow Native women who cannot leave their community to obtain workforce skills. Montana's significant Native women's prison population illustrates the need for mental/addiction services
Montana needs a broadband system which allows every school in rural Montana to have the same access to internet capacity as those found in our urban communities. The Legislature must take leadership in making sure the infrastructure is available. The Legislature must insure that all schools are equally served. Pre-K programs only serve a small number of our children. Montana is far behind forty-six other states in providing a consistent, life-changing young learner education. Montana needs to offer a quality Pre-K program allowing each child to enter kindergarten with the skills needed to succeed. Finally, we are asking local taxpayers to fund more educational programs. The state needs to step up its level of support for our schools.
As one of a handful of legislators who has voted for Medicaid Expansion in two separate sessions, I fully understand what access to a quality, affordable health program means for Montana. Without this program, Montana’s critical care hospitals could very well close and the overall health of Montanans would deteriorate. This election will determine if this life-saving program continues because some candidates want to end it. This is a threat to a program which has generated thousands of jobs, protected rural hospitals, and as the University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research has stated, pays for itself. The pandemic has thrown thousands of Montanans out of work Medicaid expansion is a life line through these tough times.