Michael Uda believes that supporting Montana’s communities means supporting the hardworking individuals that create those communities. The people of Montana deserve an advocate who is committed to raising their quality of life.
Too many hardworking Montanans are falling behind. While Washington proposes to give 60 percent of the benefits of a tax cut to the top 1/10 of the 1 percent, Montana working class and middle class families are struggling to make ends meet.
To address this issue, I propose the following: Montana taxes on working class and middle class families need to be lowered, and the overall tax burden on high income wage earners needs to be increased so that working class and middle class Montanans can obtain access to benefits upon which they depend.
I have been instrumental in bringing renewable power to Montana, representing small wind, hydroelectric and solar developers with regulatory issues before the Montana Public Service Commission.
Step one of my plan to support Montana's communities is to raise the minimum wage to the point where a full-time job can make ends meet. All Montanans should have the opportunity to live a fulfilling, meaningful life, and bringing the minimum wage up to meet increases of both productivity and cost-of-living will be a powerful step toward that goal.
Healthcare is an issue that affects all of us at some time in our lives. It's a scary topic for all of us, but for some, the risks extend beyond our physical health. Those who cannot afford insurance, or who cannot afford sufficient insurance, face the risk of financial ruin as a result of factors entirely outside control.
I will support a healthcare structure that works to mitigate these risks and protect the security of Montana communities by ensuring that an inevitable illness or accident does not destroy the financial future of the hardworking people who are the backbone of our communities.