Democratic Party leader slams GOP for abortion and housing
The Montana Republicans just wrapped up their convention in Billings last week and the chairman of the Montana Democratic Party was eager to talk about it on Tuesday’s Talk Back show.
Robyn Driscoll made her monthly visit to chat on the phone with KGVO listeners on Tuesday’s Talk Back show.
She initially criticized the GOP for taking the Roe vs. Wade fight one step further by invoking legislation banning abortion altogether.
“They passed a resolution that included a total ban on abortion with no exceptions for rape, incest, or maternal health, and when one of the participants tried to change that to provide that a ban on abortion with the exception of rape, incest or the health of the mother which was rejected,” Driscoll began.
She added that the Montana State Constitution currently provides the right for a woman to have an abortion.
“Our State Constitution protects a woman’s right to choose whether to terminate or carry a pregnancy to term,” she said. “I’m sure you know that one of the things that really concerns us as Democrats is that if they get a supermajority in our state legislature, they could very well come up with a constitutional amendment that would ban completely abortion in Montana.”
Another topic Driscoll discussed was the Montana Democratic Party’s plans for the nearly $2 billion surplus in personal and corporate income taxes collected over the past two years, and how those funds could be used for the benefit of the Montanese.
“One of the things they want to focus on is workforce housing,” she said. “As we all know, there is a huge shortage of workforce housing in the state of Montana, and so one of the things Democrats will be proposing is to provide low interest loans. interest to developers to build affordable rental housing, then to provide no-interest loans to non-profit organizations that build homes for families to own. »
Driscoll said another Democratic Party plan for that tax overhang focused on child care.
“Child care is another really huge necessity in the state of Montana,” she said. “Democrats will offer $125 million to establish more providers in what we would call child care deserts, and we would do that by offering seed grants and low-interest loans. Then, for existing providers, meaning people who already provide child care services, we would invest in a wage increase to attract and retain people to work in the facilities they run.
Driscoll said the Montana Democratic Party will hold its state convention in Butte July 29-30.
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