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State Senate District 44

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    Margaret Gorski

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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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Economic recovery from the pandemic in a way that isn't entirely dependent on revenue that is from natural resource extraction industries that threaten to destroy the "Last Best Place". We need to invest in infrastructure, like broad band internet, to attract clean industries to the state.
There are two sides to this issue. Reducing our contribution to carbon emissions and adapting to how climate change will affect our lives. We can start reducing our emissions by developing a more diversified energy portfolio. Perhaps easier would be to adapt to looming changes like increased fire risk and the change in quantity and distribution of our water sources.
This issue is not central to my campaign, so I would have to get the bottom of why women are facing inequality and engage all parties who are responsible to see where we could do the most good. This is another example of the fact there are no silver bullets to complex social issues. The minority women populations I am most aware of in this state that have specific problems are our Native American women who suffer from decades of social and economic discrimination that manifests itself in so many different ways.
The key to our quality of education in the state is tied to reducing administrative inefficiencies and getting as much funding directly to the students as possible. Increasing funding to education will be difficult in the face of restricted revenue due to the pandemic, reductions in the revenue from natural resource extraction, and Federal funding. We really need to evaluate the revenue side of our budget and start asking hard questions about source and equity if we don't want to cut programs or not respond to changing needs. There isn't much excess that can be extracted from going after "waste, fraud and abuse" or to have agencies just "tighten their belts".
Make sure Medicare Expansion is funded and stays in place and figure out ways to keep our rural hospitals open and healthy.
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