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State House District 99

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  • David "Doc" Moore
    (Rep)

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    Mark Thane
    (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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Access to affordable healthcare and case management services are among the challenges facing the state of Montana. We must make certain our most vulnerable residents have access to appropriate care. I support Medicaid expansion as well as the restoration of the positions cut from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS). I firmly believe that early intervention and preventative care pays huge dividends in the long term.
Climate change must be addressed through reducing demand (energy conservation) and support for renewable sources of electric generation. Reducing demand through enhanced energy efficiency in new construction, remodels and retrofits must be a high priority. Features such as ground source heat pumps, electronic controls, LED light retrofits and high-efficiency heating systems can be encouraged through tax credits. Public facilities (schools, government buildings) may be incentivized to complete conservation projects through grants or state-sponsored low interest loans. Residential alternative energy generation (wind, solar, battery storage) must be supported and incentivized.
I support equal pay initiatives. I also champion educational initiatives which actively recruit women into emerging careers in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Additionally, lack of affordable childcare continues to prevent many women from fully participating in the workforce, so I will advocate for early childhood education programs and childcare resources. I support state funding to address the problem of human sex trafficking and the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women.
As a career educator in Montana's public schools, I am a firm believer that education is the great equalizer. Montana's Constitution provides that equality of educational opportunity is guaranteed to each person of the state. We must appropriately fund K-12 public education. Additionally, forty-four states fund public pre-K or preschools and Montana must do likewise. The investment in preschool age children will improve educational outcomes and ultimately enhance Montana's workforce. Montana must also support our most vulnerable and at-risk students by including special education funding in the state's self-executing formula (automatic inflationary adjustment).
As I stated in response to question #1, access to affordable healthcare and case management services are among the challenges facing the state of Montana. We must make certain our most vulnerable residents have access to appropriate care. I support Medicaid expansion as well as the restoration of the positions cut from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS). I firmly believe that early intervention and preventative care pays huge dividends in the long term.