We need more fuels reduction projects to slow down catastrophic wildfires that continue to destroy our natural resources, decrease our air quality, degrade our very important watershed areas, and drive up wildfire suppression costs.
We need to have affordable health care in both the rural and urban areas of Montana. One solution in the rural areas would be expanding tele-medicine programs in areas that cannot afford to staff doctors 24 hrs. a day. Other possible solutions include working with federal lawmakers to find ways to bring down costs of prescription drugs and find creative strategies to decrease overall healthcare costs with such things as direct primary care clinics, among others.
Allow responsible Mining in Montana. Mining methods in our state are some of the safest and environmentally friendly that you will find anywhere in the world. Mining companies no longer utilize methods of the past that caused negative environmental damage. Extended legal battles are costing Montanans job in this industry.
Quality basic education is the key to having a quality work force in today's world. Children must be able to read well and have good writing skills, as well as a solid understanding of math concepts and skills. Higher education options must include Trade Schools, College or University learning as well as distance learning programs.