Healthcare

I will fight for access to affordable, quality healthcare to strengthen and protect our community. ​Today, as we ride the waves of a pandemic and turbulent economy, the need for access to quality, affordable health care has never been more urgent.

I decided to run for the legislature the first time after watching the Legislature absolutely gut mental health services and many other essential services that provide for the most vulnerable Montanans. During the 2019 legislature, I was proud to vote for Medicaid expansion. 

Education

For our state to flourish we must invest in the people who live here. We must invest in our future with quality education for all children in Billings and Montana.

 

We should have preschool and quality daycare for all families. Getting your child into quality daycare should not be difficult or expensive. We can and should do better! It is time for us to join the rest of the nation (43 states plus D.C. and Guam) in funding preschool. Higher education, too, has to be affordable for all Montanans, whether you want to go to trade school, community college, or a four-year school.

I do not believe in achieving short term financial stability for the state by sacrificing the state’s future.

Fair and Equitable taxes

We need leaders in Helena who are willing to make difficult decisions and find creative solutions to balance Montana’s budget without hurting Montana’s mainstreet businesses or our hardworking  families.

 

 My job as a policymaker is to problem-solve so that we can accomplish our immediate needs and continue to invest in our state’s future. I believe that the point of having a state government is to help our community flourish. For our community to flourish we must invest in the people who live here.

We must build a fair and equitable tax system that works for the Montana of today and tomorrow. One that does not give corporations and the wealthiest people a leg up on the backs of working Montanans. 

Public Lands

One of Montana’s greatest treasures is the beauty of its natural spaces. I will fight to ensure that all Montanans enjoy clean air and water, and have access to our beautiful outdoors.

 

I want my children to be able to marvel at the dramatic view from the top of the Beartooth plateau and count wildflowers on backcountry trails. I also want my children to know and respect the local farmers and ranchers who produce their food.

 

I became a member of Northern Plains to protect Montana’s clean air, good water quality, and unique quality of life, and I am a legislator who continues that fight.

Issues & PRiorities

I believe that ensuring a dignified and stable standard of living and care for all is our baseline obligation to our fellow Montanans. Fully funding mental health services and quality education is a critical start, but we must also find creative ways to go beyond the bare minimum.

 

As a legislator, I've fought for policies that honor our collective obligation to our children, families and elders like:

  • Expanded health and mental health care 

  • Universal preschool 

  • Quality daycare for every Montana child 

  • Truly affordable higher education

  • Protecting our public lands

  • Fair and equitable taxes

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Emma Kerr-Carpenter | Democrat  | 425 Burlington Ave, Billings, MT 59101