Currently our most pressing challenge is medical and religious freedom. We need to make sure that no one can interfere with our personal liberties which include the right to worship, run our businesses, and the freedom to make our own decision regarding masks and vaccinations without force/fines/mandates. The Nuremburg needs to be added to our legal code. It is international law, but we need to make sure that even in times of stress and trouble that our freedoms are not confiscated.
We need to encourage organic farming. Currently our state has a small percentage of organic products. We also need to have more meat processing facilities for local livestock.
The United States is a great place to be a woman. So many other nations around the world don't even think women should be educated, and young girls are often given to older men as child brides. The opportunities for women here are great, as we as a state value women, and how they contribute to the fabric of our communities, often addressing things that would otherwise be left undone.
Women by design have the capability to bear children. This doesn't make us unequal, unless you are thinking in terms of earning capacity. When children are part of the family unit that obviously creates an opportunity for women to have more caretaking responsibilities. And yes that affects her ability to work outsides the home.
This is already going on. I am a supporter of school choice, so that if a parent thinks another school situation would benefit her children, she would then have the education voucher to fund that decision.
We need to maintain our elderly medical care. However for our younger folks who are on state insurance, we need to structure a payment schedule so that folks don't abuse the Emergency Rooms in our hospitals. I have seen this first hand. I have registered patients in the ER for the following: slivers (very minor), ear wax removal, drunkenness (same person 4 times admitted within 24 hours and ER can't turn them away) All these examples by the way are younger people on state insurance.
Therefore, we should set up an understanding that creates incentive for them to go to urgent care or schedule with a provider, because they know that if they are using the ER they will get a bill for say $300.00.
Healthcare, especially regarding the pandemic, will be front and center in the next legislative session. Montanans need extra medical and economic support for the next two years and we must craft and pass Montanan solutions to keep our families healthy and safe. I expect a budget shortfall so I am committed to defending funding for public education, mental health services, and infrastructure. Citizens of Montana have a right to vote and right to privacy and I will not allow those rights to be infringed.
Renewable energy and energy storage are two accessible and practical solutions that are available immediately. I also support awareness campaigns for reducing, reusing and recycling, and will insist that entities large and small support this conservation effort.
The pay gap and elected official disparity for women is real and completely unacceptable. Beyond my personal advocacy on this issue, we must consider laws that prevent discrimination and ensure equal pay for equal work.
Public education empowers every Montanan to excel in careers, communities, and families. The state budget priorities must reflect the importance of public education as an essential service. Teachers are underpaid in our state, and rural communities often cannot find teachers to move to their area with such a low salary.
Our state government must improve and further expand Medicaid while keeping keep healthcare costs and insurance premiums in check. This is essential if we hope to keep our rural hospitals open and provide care to under served populations. Mental health should also be considered essential healthcare and be funded accordingly.