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  • Derek J. Harvey
    (Dem)

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    Jim Kephart
    (Rep)

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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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Campaign Phone (406) 782-2052
Campaign Email jimkephart74@yahoo.com
Our State Budget shortfall & our economy are CLEARLY our biggest challenges.

Greg Gianforte has great ideas to get economy going, and wants to cut Helena bloat.I will help.

I have great ideas (including to use to use state employees knowledge) to help address the 20% ($ ONE BILLION/YEAR) in WASTE, FRAUD, & ABUSE. This alone could spare a lot of layoffs of small fry.[Cut the big fish loose in layoffs not the small fry]
I say give folks a small investment tax credit for alternative energy projects (incl. at home) and for purchasing low emission vehicles--USA MADE PORTION ONLY.

I say continue with our hydro electric (do NOT tear down). Also, I say we should at least look at state of the art SAFE modular reactors at federal facility outside Idaho Falls.[BTW I am a 3 Mile Island survivor...I say AT LEAST LOOK.]

In Butte, this might make sense IF the feds help us out in exchange for a trial.[They are USED in other countries, just not here.]

Also, Mitsiubishi is looking at HYDROGEN power from Berkley Pit.

I also say keep existing coal (esp. as a back up) BUT no more delays on stack scrubbers.
I think #1 is ENFORCE existing laws. #2, add new laws or regs IF NECESSARY. #3 is education & Governor's bully pulpit.

I also think TIGHT grants and loans to encourage woman & minority owned businesses would be a good start.

Above all, RAISE AWARENESS
I think Greg Gianforte & Else Anrntzen should work together on this.

I also feel strongly that poor, at risk kids should have a PUBLIC boarding school option. I say start with one such school (maybe at mothballed school in Twin Bridges) as an experiment----a joint project of state, teacher's union, & charitable foundations.

Some choice, vouchers, and credits are fine, but we MUST keep a tight hand on existing public schools and make sure they have what they need, get REVIEWED, and spend wisely. LOWER THE % FOR ADMINISTRATION WHERE NEEDED.
It's clear to me that--whether some Republicans disagree and want repeal--the PUBLIC wants Obamacare FIXED...big time... rather than repealed.

We need interstate sales & many other things left out at first round. We need to FIX the parts that harm small businesses

I also think that the Platinum/gold/silver/bronze makes comparisons easier. BUT...we need a "copper" (below bronze) option, and a STEEL option (mostly major medical). What Matt Rosendale has done on major medical is a great way for some variations on "steel"