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.
  • Lola Sheldon-Galloway (R): Did not respond
  • Jasmine Taylor (D): Agree
    • I believe healthcare is a human right. Paid medical leave, family leave, maternity leave and paternity leave should all be guaranteed.
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?
  • Lola Sheldon-Galloway (R): Did not respond
  • Jasmine Taylor (D): Yes
    • I believe the criminal justice system needs drastic reform. Social safety nets can and do prevent crime, and our budget should prioritize prevention via mental health services, chemical dependency services, housing security, etc.
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.
  • Lola Sheldon-Galloway (R): Did not respond
  • Jasmine Taylor (D): Agree
    • I was a case worker for the Public Assistance office for several years, determining eligibility for SNAP, Medicaid, and TANF. These programs need to be strengthened and expanded.
4) Would you vote to continue Montana’s crucial Medicaid expansion, without barriers to access such as work requirements or increasing premiums?
  • Lola Sheldon-Galloway (R): Did not respond
  • Jasmine Taylor (D): Yes
    • Healthcare is a human right. I favor expansion without any barriers, included those mentioned above.
5) Do you support or oppose tribal governments receiving the same property tax exemption as non-tribal government?
  • Lola Sheldon-Galloway (R): Did not respond
  • Jasmine Taylor (D): Support
    • This is not a topic I know enough about, and I need to do some research to learn more. I support tribal sovereignty and believe my role is to listen to tribal councils and tribal leaders on these topics.
6) Would you vote for any bills restricting a woman’s ability to make her own healthcare decisions in consultation with her doctor?
  • Lola Sheldon-Galloway (R): Did not respond
  • Jasmine Taylor (D): No
    • I believe women should have complete and total bodily autonomy. This include nonbinary, two-spirit, gender-nonconforming, and trans women as well.
7) Hanna’s Act (HB 21) and other MMIW policies need increased investment and statutory funding in order to have meaningful impacts.
  • Lola Sheldon-Galloway (R): Did not respond
  • Jasmine Taylor (D): Agree
    • We need significantly more funding for this issue, along with an increase in staff and logistical support. Again, we need to listen to Indigenous people and meet their needs.
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?
  • Lola Sheldon-Galloway (R): Did not respond
  • Jasmine Taylor (D): Yes
    • I am the President of the Great Falls LGBTQ+ Center. In that role (distinct from my role as candidate) I am working to pass a NonDiscrimination Ordinance in Great Falls. If elected, I would continue this work on a state-wide level. I am openly bi-sexual and am vocal about this part of my identity.
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.
  • Lola Sheldon-Galloway (R): Did not respond
  • Jasmine Taylor (D): Agree
    • I believe in raising taxes on the 1% and closing all loopholes that disproportionately harm the poor and benefit the mega wealthy.