Remember to vote on Election Day

Havre Daily News, November 2, 2018

On Jan. 11th of this year, I wrote a check for $15, filled out a form on the Secretary of State’s website and signed on the dotted line to become a candidate for the Montana Senate in District 14. Since that cold winter day over 290 days ago, I’ve had the unique opportunity of traveling the highways and dirt roads of this sprawling rural district, which encompasses a large section of northern Montana, from the Canadian border to neighborhoods in northern Great Falls.

In addition to putting thousands of miles on my truck, I’ve also listened to thousands of residents of this special place, as I’ve asked them about how state government should function, what their priorities are and what they expect from their legislators.

The residents of this district have been engaged, thoughtful and welcoming, and for that I am thankful. They also have great ideas about what they expect from state government — and those ideas are consistent with the key areas I’ve been discussing during the campaign on porches, front doors, driveways and during listening sessions.

Developing common-sense solutions to the challenges we face is nothing new to our area. Through necessity, rural Montanans have always come together, regardless of partisan affiliation, to invest in our communities, build our infrastructure and educate the next generation. A positive, forward-focused outlook concerning our collective future, and not worrying about who gets credit for good ideas, has sustained our region in good times and in bad. These ideas are what people in northern Montana continue to support as they look to the future.

Supporting quality schools, building community infrastructure, protecting public lands, keeping college tuition affordable, assuring rural hospitals remain open and financially viable, and helping small businesses to thrive are the key components of my campaign. They are also the issues most important to the residents of Senate District 14.

As the general election nears, I want to thank the residents of this Senate district for their thoughts, ideas and encouragement. It is only through genuine, respectful dialogue that we will be able to make this special part of Montana an even better place to live, work, raise a family and build a business.

I would be honored with your vote on Election Day, or by absentee ballot. Regardless of who you support, however, remember to vote. Our future depends on it.

https://www.havredailynews.com/story/2018/11/02/opinion/remember-to-vote-on-election-day/521156.html

Investing in public education is key to a healthy Montana economy

Havre Daily News, September 21, 2018

Fall has always been my favorite time of year. The crispness of the air, football season, big game hunting and a fresh start to the school year. This year is no exception. Especially as my daughter begins her freshman year of college in the Montana University System, it’s important to reflect on the role that education plays in our lives and in society.

As a product myself of Montana’s K-12 public education system and as a first-generation graduate of the Montana University System, I know firsthand how critical education is to career readiness, critical thinking and being an active, engaged community member. Like the nearly 40,000 students currently enrolled in Montana’s public colleges and universities, I was fortunate to receive a top-notch education right here under the Big Sky.

My tuition was covered through savings, scholarships, part-time work, summer employment, Pell grants and the generosity of the residents of Montana, who picked up a good amount of the cost for me and other state residents to attend college. It was always viewed as a good deal — the state of Montana would invest in its young people, and by doing so would create tomorrow’s workforce. It’s important for that tradition to continue, and properly supporting our university system will be a key priority for me as your state Senator, just as I have done as a member of the Montana Board of Regents.

The importance of the value of public education at every level in our state cannot be overstated. Regardless of income status, where you live or your ethnic background, Montana’s public education system gives everyone a fair shot at success.

By investing properly in our education system, the State of Montana is helping the private sector grow by creating an educated workforce. We’re also helping individuals obtain skills that will give them a better chance at personal and career success. State funding for K-12 education also demonstrates a genuine commitment by state government to partner with local communities and share the responsibility to educate our sons and daughters, who will end up serving as the leaders of tomorrow.

If elected to the state Senate, I look forward to being a strong advocate for the proper funding of our public education system in Montana. Our economy and our future depend on it.

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Paul Tuss is executive director of Bear Paw Development Corporation, a member of the Montana Board of Regents and is the Democratic nominee for Senate District 14.

https://www.havredailynews.com/story/2018/09/21/opinion/investing-in-public-education-is-key-to-a-healthy-montana-economy/520533.html

Investing in public education is key to a healthy Montana economy

Havre Daily News, September 21, 2018

Fall has always been my favorite time of year. The crispness of the air, football season, big game hunting and a fresh start to the school year. This year is no exception. Especially as my daughter begins her freshman year of college in the Montana University System, it’s important to reflect on the role that education plays in our lives and in society.

As a product myself of Montana’s K-12 public education system and as a first-generation graduate of the Montana University System, I know firsthand how critical education is to career readiness, critical thinking and being an active, engaged community member. Like the nearly 40,000 students currently enrolled in Montana’s public colleges and universities, I was fortunate to receive a top-notch education right here under the Big Sky.

My tuition was covered through savings, scholarships, part-time work, summer employment, Pell grants and the generosity of the residents of Montana, who picked up a good amount of the cost for me and other state residents to attend college. It was always viewed as a good deal — the state of Montana would invest in its young people, and by doing so would create tomorrow’s workforce. It’s important for that tradition to continue, and properly supporting our university system will be a key priority for me as your state Senator, just as I have done as a member of the Montana Board of Regents.

The importance of the value of public education at every level in our state cannot be overstated. Regardless of income status, where you live or your ethnic background, Montana’s public education system gives everyone a fair shot at success.

By investing properly in our education system, the State of Montana is helping the private sector grow by creating an educated workforce. We’re also helping individuals obtain skills that will give them a better chance at personal and career success. State funding for K-12 education also demonstrates a genuine commitment by state government to partner with local communities and share the responsibility to educate our sons and daughters, who will end up serving as the leaders of tomorrow.

If elected to the state Senate, I look forward to being a strong advocate for the proper funding of our public education system in Montana. Our economy and our future depend on it.

https://www.havredailynews.com/story/2018/09/21/opinion/investing-in-public-education-is-key-to-a-healthy-montana-economy/520533.html