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.
  • Rebecca Dawson (R): Did not respond
  • Danny Tennenbaum (D): Agree 
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?
  • Rebecca Dawson (R): Did not respond
  • Danny Tennenbaum (D): Yes
    • If a person is adjudicated guilty, mental health care and substance abuse treatment provide the best hope for rehabilitation. They should be the default outcome, not an “alternative.” If the government wants to put a person into a cage instead, it should be required to prove, with evidence, that the benefits of incarceration outweigh the massive burden it imposes on taxpayers. Every other state agency is required to produce extensive data to show their programs provide public benefit. The entities comprising our criminal legal system, from police to courts to prisons, should be held to that same standard.
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.
  • Rebecca Dawson (R): Did not respond
  • Danny Tennenbaum (D): Agree 
    • We talk about people “falling through the cracks” as it’s natural and inevitable, and no one is to blame. But our elected officials put those cracks in the system. And year after year we elect people who maintain them.What happens to people who fall through the cracks? We arrest them. We fine them. We fire them and evict them. We put them in cages. We sink them in debt. We split up their families. And we publish their mugshots on the internet, ensuring they feel the weight of their weakness until the day they die. And when we see those mugshots in the newspaper or while scrolling through Facebook, we instinctively think something vague about “personal responsibility” or “actions have consequences” and then move on as if the way it is is the way it will always be.

      I support a strong social safety net, much stronger than the one that exists today. But we should be pushing our leaders to create a world without cracks to fall through– a world where we all enjoy quality housing, schools, food, health care, child care and working conditions. Do not believe (and do not elect) anyone who says it’s not possible.

4) Would you vote to continue Montana’s crucial Medicaid expansion, without barriers to access such as work requirements or increasing premiums?
  • Rebecca Dawson (R): Did not respond
  • Danny Tennenbaum (D): Yes
    • Health care is a fundamental human right. Medicaid expansion is one small, intermediate step, in the movement towards a single payer system where everyone, without exception, is guaranteed quality care.
5) Do you support or oppose tribal governments receiving the same property tax exemption as non-tribal government?
  • Rebecca Dawson (R): Did not respond
  • Danny Tennenbaum (D): Support
6) Would you vote for any bills restricting a woman’s ability to make her own healthcare decisions in consultation with her doctor?
  • Rebecca Dawson (R): Did not respond
  • Danny Tennenbaum (D): No
    • The Montana Constitution unequivocally protects a pregnant person’s right to abortion. I will oppose any attempt to diminish or eliminate that right and, if such a bill somehow becomes law, I will work to overturn it.
7) Hanna’s Act (HB 21) and other MMIW policies need increased investment and statutory funding in order to have meaningful impacts.
  • Rebecca Dawson (R): Did not respond
  • Danny Tennenbaum (D): Agree 
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?
  • Rebecca Dawson (R): Did not respond
  • Danny Tennenbaum (D): Yes
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.
  • Rebecca Dawson (R): Did not respond
  • Danny Tennenbaum (D): Agree 
    • If rich people want to move to Montana and live off their accumulated wealth, fine. But Montana should not reward that behavior (as we do now) with a discounted tax rate on capital gains. Non-work investment income should be taxed more, not less, than the wages of working Montanans.