Providing Quality, Affordable Healthcare to all Montanans
I worked hard to provide access to affordable healthcare for 70,000 Montanans in 2015 and now tens of thousands of citizens are signing up for coverage. One lady I know said that after 35 years with no insurance, she now has got good basic health care coverage for under $100/month! Full implementation of health care reform in will create up to 4,000 good jobs in Yellowstone County, with benefits and career track.
Investing in Good Teachers and Classrooms
I believe that good schools and good teachers lead to good, high paying jobs. In particular, I’ll champion affordable job training programs at our College of Technology. After years of shifting the cost of higher education onto students and their families—making it unaffordable for many—it is time to turn that around so all Montana kids can have access and opportunities for higher education.
Jobs and Energy
I support building a robust energy production portfolio across Montana – so we can produce all kinds of energy. In addition to the good jobs in the oil patch, we can be creating good energy jobs in communities with roof-top solar and in rural areas with wind energy, both of which are now competitive with conventional energy sources and in high demand. We need to invest in work force skills and training to meet the growing need for health care workers.
Protecting Hunting, Fishing Lands
I will continue to fight to protect Montana’s outdoor heritage and our access to public lands for hunting, fishing, and recreation. I oppose putting Montana’s public lands up for sale or charging fees to access our public lands and forests. Efforts to turn public lands over to states or local communities will lead to seeing them auctioned off to the highest bidders and the gates locked to ordinary Montanans.
Fair Taxes for All Montanans
I know that during the 1990’s and early part of this decade, when Republicans ran Montana, they shifted the tax burdens from the largest and wealthiest businesses to homeowners and small businesses. I will work for a return to fair taxes for all Montanans.