Rep. Denny Rehberg recently released his appropriations or budget plan for labor, health and human services and education to Congress. I wondered if the proposal was more about politics rather than good fiscal policy for Montana's families and communities.
In an attempt to curtail so-called frivolous government spending, Rehberg proposes taking an ax to the budgets of several programs that are critical for Montanans and could possible result in job losses or serious economic hardships. The proposed bill removes some money for community health centers — which could affect Riverstone Health in Billings. Community health centers provide a health care safety net for low-income families.
Other areas that Rehberg targeted for cuts include Pell grants, which help students pay for college as well as family planning clinics across Montana. While it is critical to get federal spending under control, why balance the budget on the backs of low-income families, instead of making millionaires pay their fair share.
Common sense dictates that investing in education and infrastructure are all important to job creation and long term economic recovery. We need to be investing in our future, through education and infrastructure and small businesses aid.
Montana only has one voice, one vote in the U.S. House. Let's make sure it is an effective and common-sense voice for Montana.
State Sen. Kim Gillan
Editor's note: Gillan is running for the U.S. House seat now held by Rehberg.