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  • E. Wylie Galt
    (Rep)

  • Cindy Palmer
    (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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My purpose is to educate the voters of this ranching district that their Rep. Wylie Galt led the charge to kill COOL, Country of Origin Labeling. All food is labeled except beef and pork. That is unfair to the consumer that wants to know where their food comes from and it is unfair to the ranchers in my district that raise exceptional livestock and deserve a fair price but have to compete against foreign beef that is allowed to be labeled "Product of the USA". I hope he votes right next session. Global climate change is the most important challenge facing the world, country and state. The pandemic is the obvious immediate problem. Republicans win here so my proposals to address the problems won't matter. Hopefully he changes on COOL
I believe the soil could save us if farmers are incentivized to store carbon. Also, there were many bills in the last legislature that died along party line votes that I wish had passed. For instance, Mary McNally sponsored SB 245 to establish a commercial property assessed clean energy program. The bill cost the state NOTHING. It altered funding rules and regulations to allow financial institutions to help owners of commercial buildings improve energy efficiency and pay back the loan through the cost savings on the energy bill. Northern Plains Resource Council had done their work on this and it seemed to be supported by every entity it impacted. It would have helped businesses, the environment, and increased property values.
I raised two strong women. One daughter is doing PHD research in Norway on climate change and the other is a law student who just finished an internship with the Center for Biodiversity. Simply being a voice that raised the issues, hopefully had some impact on who they became. In the legislature I admire those voices that speak out and enlighten on issues of inequality and injustice. Each bill has its hearing and any bill that becomes law gets a dozen votes, dozens of opportunities for comment, reflection, alteration. Even bills that seemingly have nothing to do with inequality can be impactful. For instance, last session highways were named after women and minorities after it was pointed out that all others were named after men.
There has been a giant shift in education funding for four decades. The state used to shoulder a much larger share of education funding, but now local property taxes shoulder the majority of education funding. The voter is responsible for this shift. They elect politicians that promise to cut taxes and do, often for large out of state corporations like BNSF and Northwest Energy. Then, these same voters, who care deeply about providing a quality education increase taxes on themselves and their property each time they vote to support a school levy. I admire my neighbors devotion to their local school and willingness to support it, but watch in dismay as they shift the burden from profitable corporations onto themselves as they struggle.
Sadly, I feel the state is at the mercy of the federal government and decision makers must watch what happens at the federal level and respond accordingly. It took the state way to long to accept federal funding under the ACA, but we eventually did which led to 100,000 more Montanans being covered and hundreds of millions for Montana's health care economy. If President Trump is successful with the Supreme Court and is able to overturn the ACA we will lose funding and I think our representatives will have no option other than to drop coverage of those same people. That sounds harsh, but it is a federally driven issue.