Fighting for Montana Families
As a State Representative, Tom has always stood up for progressive causes in the face of fierce resistance by powerful special interests. When Northwestern Energy tried to hike prices on consumers, Tom introduced legislation to stop them—and won, dealing the utility a rare defeat in the legislature. He took on the hospitals and challenged soaring medical costs that send Montana families into bankruptcy every year. In past sessions he helped lead the fight for Medicaid expansion, which gave 80,000 Montanans access to affordable healthcare. Tom will resist any attempt to cut the Medicaid program he worked so hard to expand!
Tom got into public service because he understands how working families in Montana struggle to make ends meet. In the past, he’s been a bartender, a musician, and a bellhop. Now he’s a teacher, a husband, and a father to two kids. He will always fight for Montana families, no matter what.
Protecting Students from Debt
When he was a teacher at MSU, Tom saw first hand how many students graduate tens of thousands of dollars in debt. As a member of the Education Joint Finance Committee, Tom fought hard to keep tuition low. He will continue to do that as well as fund K-12 education.
Tom will always fight for Montana’s students and teachers. He worked with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to pass a landmark bill endorsed by MEA-MFT to fix teacher pensions while warding off attempts by conservatives to gut these essential retirement plans. Over the past school year, he has worked with special needs kids in our schools and will fight for the programs these families rely on.
Ending Corporate Influence in Government
Corporations have a right to make a profit, but they shouldn’t have the right to make laws. Tom will continue to successfully fight dark money in Montana politics. He will also continue to fight the corporate lobbyists in Helena!
Fix Healthcare Now
Tens of thousands of Montanans still lack insurance, and millions of Americans struggle to pay their rising premiums. Meanwhile, one-in-four Montanans rely on Medicaid to provide their healthcare. Tom will vigorously resist attempts by Republicans to undermine this vital program.
During the last session, Tom wrote and sponsored innovative legislation to impose price controls on hospitals. He also brought bills that exposed the exorbitant salaries some hospitals pay their administrators. Tom is on OUR side.
Investing in Indian Country
Native families in Indian Country face a number of challenges, including sub-standard housing conditions, high unemployment, and a chronically underfunded Indian Health Service. We must do better. Tom has vigorously fought for Indian cultural preservation programs and will lead the fight to ensure these communities receive their fair share of state dollars.
Montana has budget problems.
The reason is not that we overspend. We have cut taxes on the wealthy too deeply. In 2017 I brought a bill to increase the income tax on those making more than $300,000. That didn’t even pass out of committee…