What is your strategy to balance the state budget? What taxes, if any, would you be willing to increase? What services, if any, would you be willing to cut? Should social service costs move to local governments?
Raise revenue by reducing various deductions like A) special treatment for capital gains, B) the Water's Edge and C) the oil and gas production tax.
In 1992, the state paid 76 percent of the cost of public higher education in Montana. In 2018, the state is paying 38 percent. What portion of public higher education should the state fund, and why? Should it be closer to 38 percent or 76 percent? Please be specific.
It should be closer to 76 percent and we should not be shifting the cost to the student loan programs. From what I understand, as student loan program limits have increased, the states have cut back on support for higher ed and shifted the burden to students.
How do you plan to address the housing affordability crisis in Missoula and other urban areas in Montana where job growth is attracting more people but housing scarcity is driving up rents and home prices and wages are not keeping pace?
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Support for raising the minimum wage to a livable wage and incentives for more affordable housing.
What role should state government play in managing federal public lands, and how should those activities be paid for?
A limited role, if any; the feds can manage the lands they own (NPS, USFS, etc.). I'm not aware that the state government plays any role at present in managing federal public lands.
What do you regard as the most urgent problem facing Montana, and how do you propose dealing with it?
Cost of housing and cost of health care. Raise the minimum wage to a livable wage.