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Friday, October 23, 2020
“If Montana hands the keys to the car to Gianforte, the ride will doubtless be bumpy,” they wrote while excusing Gianforte for assaulting a reporter and lying to the police, surely leading readers to wonder – just how bumpy can it get?
Let us count the ways:
Greg Gianforte is actively supporting efforts to rip health care away from 90,000 Montanans – during a pandemic. He has called Medicaid expansion “a disaster,” and pledged to dismantle the ACA “piece by piece.” Gianforte also voted in support of the Republican lawsuit to overturn the ACA. If successful, the lawsuit would strip health coverage from 112,000 Montanans and tear protections away from 152,000 Montanans with pre-existing conditions.
Greg Gianforte wants to sell off our public lands to the highest bidder. He sued public land owners to block stream access to a popular fishing access site on the East Gallatin River, and wrote legislation to strip protections from nearly 700,000 acres of public lands — without public input — a move described by conservation advocates as potentially “the single biggest rollback of protected public lands in Montana history.”
Greg Gianforte wants to privatize Montana’s public schools, which he has called a “monopoly.” Gianforte has donated more than $12 million to Petra Academy, a private school in Bozeman that discriminates against students with disabilities, and he’s praised and filed a brief in support of the Espinoza v. Montana decision, widely considered to be a victory for school privatization advocates (bankrolled by Gianforte).
Greg Gianforte enthusiastically supported a statewide sales tax in Montana. Gianforte even testified on behalf of a statewide sales tax – which would have conveniently slashed income taxes for millionaires like himself – and praised a statewide sales tax as an “ideal solution” for Montana.
But luckily, the Billings Gazette hopes that Gianforte’s stated goals won’t come to fruition:
“We fervently hope that this experiment will not end as it has in Kansas and Oklahoma, where unfettered right-wing Legislatures and governors have impoverished public education, slashed social safety nets and eliminated environmental regulations. We also hope that putting a businessman in charge works better on the state level than it has on the national level.”
A ringing endorsement if there ever was one – hope it goes better than the last time!
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