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State House District 25

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  • Steve Gist
    (Rep)

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    Jasmine Krotkov
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

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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Campaign Phone (406) 781-5699
Campaign Instagram http://JasmineKrotkov4MT
My priorities for this session are to continue providing constituent services: interfacing between government agencies and constituents is the best part of my job. It is fulfilling, and helps me to understand where we can remove barriers to equity and access to services for our neighbors. I will introduce the Veterans Bill of Rights to help veterans transition back to life in Montana through better access to healthcare, job services, mental health service and housing. I will also introduce a bill to help Montana consumers and small business owners access money-saving energy technologies.

We should focus on clean energy market growth not only to mitigate climate change, but to stimulate Montana’s economy. Energy Efficiency is the most underused resource for addressing climate change. Energy Efficiency and Demand Response can meet nearly all growth in energy and capacity needs through 2035. It is the largest source of employment within the current clean energy economy. Research indicates that clean energy jobs are being created rapidly in the U.S. and that new job creation will surpass job loss overall, but those jobs will only be created in the states where they are most needed if advocates ensure an enabling environment, including supportive policies.
We need to close the gender pay gap, and to provide paid family leave, so women have equal access to career-building opportunities with men. Montana is 33rd place among states for gender equity.

I would like to expose boys and girls to women leaders, particularly in STEM. If a girl can’t imagine a woman leader, how can she become one? And if a boy sees only men in leadership roles, what will convince him to support aspiring women leaders? #TeachAGirl
The civic and moral role of public education has become overwhelmed by the responsibilities we’ve assigned to schools: parenting, health, nutrition, after-school programs, anti-smoking, athletics, bicycle and gun safety, business and careers, child abuse monitoring, driving, drug abuse, foreign languages, immunization, keyboarding, computer skills, kindergarten, mental health, school breakfast and lunch, sex and sexual abuse prevention, stranger/danger technical/vocational and etc.

While schools are an excellent place to provide these services, funds allocated for education should not be expected to stretch to meet all these needs. We need to recognize and codify the fact that schools are performing social work, and fund them adequately.
If we talk about tax breaks for rich people to create jobs and entrepreneurialism, why not health care to allow regular people to do the same thing? Necessities like the fire department, water, roads and health care can be provided only through collective effort and shared costs. Continuing to expand Medicaid to cover all those who need coverage would be a great start.