Sen. Sales, you are preparing to introduce a bill in the current Montana legislative session to require the state of Montana to direct $8,000,000 in funding toward a wall dividing the United States from Mexico. The state of Montana suffered a severe budget shortage last year. We are recovering from that shortfall, but not without inflicting significant and lingering harm to many Montana citizens.
There are higher priorities for the people of Montana like infrastructure repair such as roads, bridges, water supply, sewage disposal and more. Emergency services such as police and fire departments are struggling. Drug and alcohol addiction is a major problem in our state and an infusion of money would bolster treatment efforts. Wildfire suppression has become more and more expensive with each season. And what about a truly affordable health care system. How many physical exams would $8 million pay for?
What’s more is that public support for expanding a border wall is not overwhelming, with a number of polls indicating that at least a small majority oppose it outright. So, Mr. Sales, the only thing that I can say is, what are you thinking? I am concerned about our leadership.