1) The state should mandate paid family and medical leave and paid sick days so workers don’t have to choose between taking care of themselves or their families and their job security.
  • Edward Buttrey (R): Did not respond
  • Jaime Horn (D): Agree
    • No one chooses to be sick, family comes first, always. Paid leave for the working class should be a no brainer and receive bipartisan support.
2) Do you support alternative approaches to our criminal justice system that decrease incarceration, including but not limited to investment in mental health care and drug treatment?
  • Edward Buttrey (R): Did not respond
  • Jaime Horn (D): Yes
    • One of my chief issues is decriminalizing non-violent drug offenses, and allowing those arrested to be sent to rehab rather than prison. Those non-violent offenders currently behind bars should receive expungement immediately, and I will introduce legislation in that regard.
3) Government should create and maintain a robust social safety net – including SNAP, TANF, housing assistance, and Medicaid, among others – so those most in need don’t fall through the cracks.
  • Edward Buttrey (R): Did not respond
  • Jaime Horn (D): Agree
    • Republicans, including my opponent, care about fiscal responsibility so long as it’s about cracking down on the needy and downtrodden. Of course I will support expansion of any aid program and oppose cutting said programs to my dying breath.
4) Would you vote to continue Montana’s crucial Medicaid expansion, without barriers to access such as work requirements or increasing premiums?
  • Edward Buttrey (R): Did not respond
  • Jaime Horn (D): Yes
    • Medicaid is not primarily dominated by the lazy, dregs of society, but more often the single mom working two jobs to keep food on the table. There are always better ways to be financially prudent than by gutting the programs people need.
5) Do you support or oppose tribal governments receiving the same property tax exemption as non-tribal government?
  • Edward Buttrey (R): Did not respond
  • Jaime Horn (D): Yes
    • Montana is what it is today because of the tribes and their people. We owe them at least the same standards that apply to us.
6) Would you vote for any bills restricting a woman’s ability to make her own healthcare decisions in consultation with her doctor?
  • Edward Buttrey (R): Did not respond
  • Jaime Horn (D): No
    • The way to combat abortion rates is not to restrict the practice, but rather to decrease its frequency by raising awareness for young and unplanned pregnancy. Create a culture that encourages young people to wait and be smart. Don’t take away women’s rights or punish victims of sexual abominations such as rape and incest.
7) Hanna’s Act (HB 21) and other MMIW policies need increased investment and statutory funding in order to have meaningful impacts.
  • Edward Buttrey (R): Did not respond
  • Jaime Horn (D): Agree
    • The ambivalence seen from both sides of the aisle concerning MMIW is repulsive and indicative that the persecution of Native people did not end with the conclusion of the wars between the indigenous man and the settler. Something must be done and I will do everything in my power to get something done.
8) Would you vote to add sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression as protected classes under the MT Human Rights Act (MHRA), ensuring that all Montanans have the same access to legal protections in their workplace, housing, and public accommodations?
  • Edward Buttrey (R): Did not respond
  • Jaime Horn (D): Yes
    • As a person of color, I’ve always related to the struggles of the LGBTQIA. My Christian faith mandates a belief that these people are to be treated as the rest of us are treated like the beautiful children of God they are.
9) In order to fully invest in communities and infrastructure, Montana should raise revenue by closing tax loopholes and ensuring that everyone is paying their fair share.
  • Edward Buttrey (R): Did not respond
  • Jaime Horn (D): Agree
    • When the rich pay their fair share like the rest of us, the burden is lifted from the average taxpayer. Taxes need not be raised in every case; often, the answer is simply ensuring fairness in our taxation system.