Age and birthplace: 60, El Cerrito, Calif.
Where she’s from: Lives in Billings. Grew up in El Cerrito, Calif., north of Oakland; moved to Montana in 1992.
Occupation: Workforce development and training coordinator, Montana State University Billings.
Highest education degree: Master’s degree in regional planning, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., 1975
Political experience: State senator from Billings since 2005; state representative 1997-2004
Campaign website: www.gillanforcongress.com
Do you support a single-payer health care system, instead of
‘ObamaCare?’ Why or why not?
“The health care reform bill passed in 2010 was not perfect, but it was an important a step towards addressing a health care system that is broken. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for health care in America. In Congress, I’ll look at and consider a broad range of proposals that could provide more affordable health care to more Montana families, including insurance pools, single-payer approaches like Medicare, and co-ops.”
Do you support construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline from Alberta to Oklahoma? Why or why not?
“I support the Keystone XL Pipeline. However, safety for our land, air and water has to remain the top priority through construction and production. If we are going to diversify our energy resources and increase production on domestic resources, we need modern and safe infrastructure to make that happen.”
Is the growing disparity between rich and poor in America a problem? If so, what should Congress to do address it?
“There is a growing disparity between rich and poor in America. Education is the critical ingredient to a better life and financial security. That means investing in post-secondary education, job training, and expanded apprenticeship and adult learning opportunities. Pell Grants, the American Opportunity tax credit and subsidized student loans are smart, long-term investments Congress should make today.”
Should we increase federal taxes to help balance the budget? If so, on whom or what?
“Congress should not raise taxes on working families. There is no silver-bullet solution to instantly balance our federal budget, but we can start by prioritizing and protecting the needs of working families and seniors. That means doing away with tax loopholes that reward corporations that ship jobs overseas and making sure working families don’t face a higher tax burden than millionaires and billionaires.”
What is one step that Congress can take, and that you would support, to create more and better jobs in America?
“An investment in American infrastructure is an investment in long-term economic growth and job creation. At the Montana legislature, I’ve supported infrastructure investment programs such as Treasure State Endowment and long-range bonding that have helped grow our state’s economy and create jobs. Infrastructure is smart spending that creates jobs almost immediately and helps grow our economy indefinitely. In Congress, I will push for responsible national infrastructure investment.”