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.
  • Mary Caferro (D): Agree
    • I have sponsored bills in 2009, 2011, and maybe 2013 calling for leave for all Montanans as a minimum labor standard. I co-sponsored minority leader Eck’s bill and was to be the Senate sponsor had the bill made it to the Senate.
  • Bob Leach (R): Did not respond
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?
  • Mary Caferro (D): Yes
  • Bob Leach (R): Did not respond
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.
  • Mary Caferro (D): Agree
    • I have a long-term history of working on these issues. I got involved specifically because my family had TANF. I was a college student and single working mother. There was a piece of legislation to take away our access to education as a work requirement. I talked to 149 legislators and asked them to support an alternative amendment that W.E.E.L. was proposing allowing ed. to count as a work activity, and we won (2001).
  • Bob Leach (R): Did not respond
4) Would you vote to continue Montana’s crucial Medicaid expansion, without barriers to access such as work requirements or increasing premiums?
  • Mary Caferro (D): Yes
    • I co-sponsored Medicaid expansion in 2015 and sponsored the bill in 2019 that did not include work requirements. I negotiated with the Republicans on the Democratic team, and we successfully negated the affected.
  • Bob Leach (R): Did not respond
5) Do you support or oppose tribal governments receiving the same property tax exemption as non-tribal government?
  • Mary Caferro (D): Support
    • I don’t know about this issue. On instinct, if non-tribal governments should get exemptions, tribes should if they want them.
  • Bob Leach (R): Did not respond
6) Would you vote for any bills restricting a woman’s ability to make her own healthcare decisions in consultation with her doctor?
  • Mary Caferro (D): No
  • Bob Leach (R): Did not respond
7) Hanna’s Act (HB 21) and other MMIW policies need increased investment and statutory funding in order to have meaningful impacts.
  • Mary Caferro (D): Agree
  • Bob Leach (R): Did not respond
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?
  • Mary Caferro (D): Yes
  • Bob Leach (R): Did not respond
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.
  • Mary Caferro (D): Agree
  • Bob Leach (R): Did not respond