Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Utah leads the way to responsible governance again...

States Need to Prepare for Likely Cuts in Federal Funding | Heartlander Magazine::

"“We all know that federal spending is not sustainable and federal funding to the states will be cut. The major question for states is whether they will plan ahead for this inevitability,” said Bob Williams, president of State Budget Solutions."

On 100th anniversary of suffrage in Montana, exhibit tells stories of Montanan women

"While some push for quotas calling for equal representation, Sen. Jennifer Fielder, R-Thompson Falls, isn’t one of them. She doesn’t see politics as a game of gender, but rather, a collection of representatives who are best suited for the job."

Here are a couple points I would like to make that were left out of the story:

You could force male/female ratios that match the voter demographic by requiring people to vote only for candidates of their own gender. But that would interfere with people's right to choose the representation which they believe is best. It would be un-American and a clear violation of our Constitutional rights.

I find it extremely hypocritical that the man who recently introduced the ballot initiative to require an equal number of men and women in the Montana legislature is a man who ran against me in 2012 and tried to knock me, the only female in the race, out of contention so a male could win the seat.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Update from Senator Fielder

Communication from your State Senate

By Senator Jennifer Fielder, R - Montana State Senate District 7

Feb 25, 2014

Lets' really reduce the cost of healthcare

We all know something is very wrong with the cost of health care in this country. But is the answer really more bureaucracy?

Some laws and regulations already hamper the healthcare industry's ability to deliver affordable care. Only time will tell how the massive new federal law will pan out, but it doesn't look too good for most of us.

As a fiscal conservative, I am worried about the economic and regulatory path this nation is on, not only in healthcare, but in everything
government is doing that removes the opportunity and incentive for able bodied people to earn a decent income.

As far as reducing health care costs, it seems to me we should focus on eliminating the rampant fraud, waste, abuse, and frivolous lawsuits that are known to cause increasingly unreasonable and unpredictable prices.

Recently, a local healthcare administrator reported there is "only" $200 million worth of fraud in our state's medical industry every year. While he insisted that wasn't bad, I couldn't help but wonder how many Montanans that $200 million could help.

Next week in Plains, MT a free workshop called "Surviving Obamacare 101" will be hosted by Americans for Prosperity. Expert economist Joe Balyeat will offer a frank discussion on the new health care law including hidden taxes, related penalties, how to qualify for an exemption, the long term costs for students and young adults, whether it is more affordable to not comply with the mandate, and the adverse impact Obamacare and Medicaid
expansion are expected to have on Montana in the long run.

The meeting will take place 7pm Wednesday March 5 at Plains Bible Chapel, 8 E. Combest Rd, Plains, MT. I will be there to listen in on the debate and hear from citizens as well. See attached flyer for details on this meeting and feel free to pass it on. Or go to for info on similar workshops in other areas.

There is no question many committed employees do an amazing job in the
health care industry. People and businesses who provide good services
should be rewarded by wages and profits commensurate with what customers are willing, and able, to pay. We need them to stay in business, but we also need these companies to earn that business fair and square.

*The medical industry and the government have got to get serious about
stopping the fraud, waste, and abusive overcharges or it's not going to get better. *

Aside from fraud, another factor that drives costs up is consumers have no incentive or reward for being wise shoppers. Under our current system, it is difficult to find out how much a medical service is going to cost in advance, and few people even question it because somebody else is going to pay for it anyway. i.e. Medicare, Medicaid. or insurance.

My elderly father was recently confined to a wheelchair. Dad's doctor
prescribed a special seat cushion so he wouldn't develop bedsores from
sitting in one place too much.

From Dad's perspective, Medicare was great. To his relief, they covered the cost of the $400 seat cushion without question. But I had to ask, "$400???" It looked like the typical stadium cushion you can buy for $10 or $20 at sporting goods stores.

I said, "I know you're worth it dad, but c'mon. What's so special about this seat cushion that it cost $400?" As he lay in bed one day I picked it up to search for a reasonable explanation. It had a medical company label sewn on. It must be filled with some special, "medical" foam, right?

We unzipped the nylon covering, and you know what we found? This $400
cushion was made of the same standard upholstery foam used in camping pads and sofas! No reasonable person would pay $400 for such a thing. But since it was billed to Medicare, nobody blinked. That is until I did.

This is just one example of the way our system encourages activities that drive costs up. No wonder prices are so high.

*Pouring billions of dollars into government funded programs which are
already fiscally irresponsible and economically unsustainable will not
discourage exploitation of the system. In fact, the more government has gotten involved in funding healthcare, the more cost and inefficiency seems to escalate. *

When industry and government begin to genuinely work toward eliminating fraud, achieving fair and transparent pricing, allowing customers to shop wisely, and promoting healthy life choices, we will see lower costs and a healthier society. That is something I would be glad to support.

To explore this issue further I hope you'll attend the workshop in Plains on March 5 if possible or check to see if a workshop is being offered in your area.

Also, I invite you to explore to see what's new, use the tools to research laws and issues, and connect with me via social media so we can stay in touch better. It would really help me out if you will sign in at my web site so I can be sure I have your contact info up to date as well.


Senator Jennifer Fielder
Montana State Senate - District 7

Beautiful day for plowing, shoveling, and restocking the firewood!

We're ready for whatever winter brings next! Thanks to my kind neighbors for lending a hand while Paul continues healing!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Just finished an awesome meeting with Mineral County Commissioners!

I believe that we are going to seriously reverse the negative environmental and economic trends we have been experiencing with mismanaged federal lands. Stay tuned!

Tending to duties in Mineral County today.

Snowy travel, but visiting with the Mineral County Commissioners and their citizens Resource Advisory Council is worth it because they are working hard to re open public lands and restore the jobs and freedoms those lands hold. I'm all for that!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Day After...

Having some laughs with a bunch of freedom loving people over breakfast the day after the Flathead Lincoln-Reagan Dinner.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

New event will unite pubic land users & sportsmen

Montana Trappers Association Hosting First MT PLUS Event in Missoula on May 31st:

"Montana’s recreational and commercial uses of our natural resources have been reduced or stopped because special interest groups are lobbying to keep people off the land out of our forests, and close off access to our public lands."

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Fajita Bob Brown & I at the Flathead republican banquet

Excellent speakers tonight and a bunch of super candidates ready to take our country back. Fajita Bob leads the pack!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Crossing the Missouri River headwaters - On my way home...

Just a couple hundred more miles to go. The people of Billings and Bozeman were real hospitable, but it sure will be good to get back home to Senate District 7 today!

In the studio at Northern Broadcasting

Thanks to @Aaron Flint for having me on Voices of Montana Weds morning! Great discussion about transferring federal lands to the state... Wish we would have had more time to cover all the great listener comments. We'll do it again soon!

Government works for YOU

Communication from your State Senate
By Senator Jennifer Fielder, R - Montana State Senate District 7
Feb 13, 2014

Government works for YOU

American government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed. At least it is supposed to.

I believe one of the most important aspects of public service is listening to the people I serve and understanding what is important to you.

It would be awesome if I could meet everyone in my Senate District, learn each and every name, and hear your own unique story, ideas, and insights. I would like to be able to tell you what I am working on each day and invite you to weigh in. After all, it’s YOUR government, right?

Do you want to know what your public servants are doing beforehand, or find out after the fact? Is there a certain law you want me to vote for or against? Do you have information that would help me understand why I should vote a certain way? If so, how and when do you best communicate it to me? How do I tell you what I am doing?

This past week has been loaded with activity at home and as I traveled the state to discuss Walleye, Federal Lands, and the Water Compact.

I can only do so much through the traditional newspaper column every two weeks. The in-person conversations are, by far, the best. But due to a variety of circumstances, these methods have their limits and aren't nearly as effective as today’s technology allows. Whether it be meetings, phone calls, or correspondences, it is really tough to keep up with exchanging all the information we could be sharing with each other.

So for those who use the internet, I have been working on a special project to streamline communications and give you a unique inside look at what I do, tips on how the legislature works, and numerous opportunities for you to participate as much or as little as you like.

At you’ll find daily updates and photos, election information, voter registration materials, the U.S. & Montana Constitutions, a searchable data base of all Montana State laws, links to the audio and video of legislative proceedings, my background info, extensive information about key issues, plus a variety of ways to connect with me and tell me what’s on your mind.

You’ll also get a glimpse into both my public and my home life, so you can get to know me more personally. The better we know each other, the better we can understand and, hopefully, help each other.

Not everyone is comfortable with the internet or social media yet, but this really can be an instant and effective communication tool if we use it in that way.

Please look me up at, take a tour, connect with me via your favorite social media, sign in on the engage form to tell me what's important to you, and check in often to share ideas, events, and info. Please encourage your friends to do the same!

I look forward to seeing you and all our friends there!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Fwd: list of VOM stations where people can listen

You can tune in and call the station while I am on air this morning at 9:35am.

Going on air in 10 minutes

A great bunch of legislators, candidates, county commissioners, and citizens turned out to discusss transferring federally controlled lands to the states.

The meetings went very well in Billings this week. Support for Transfer of Public Lands to the states is growing as more and more people realize how poorly Wa DC is mismanaging our lands and resources. I'll be uploading additional data on this topic to my web at Click 'issues' then 'federal lands'.

Voices of Montana

I'll be on Voices of Montana - Northern Broadcast radio at 9:30 this morning to talk about the efforts to improve management of federal lands. This will be my last appearance in Billings this week. Then on to Bozeman, and home to NW Montana soon!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Bozeman Pass wasn't too bad...

Travel was a little dicey this morning, but the sun came out on the Bozeman Pass . On my way to Billings to give some presentations on the federal land study.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Ask and ye shall receive!

Small town word of mouth...

The fine young man who built our house heard about Paul's accident and called today to see if we needed anything. Jokingly, I said "just a plow and an elk." A half hour later we heard this machine out front! Keeping an eye out for the elk now... ;)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Commissioner Foss weighs in on threats to western Montana land, water...

Open Letter to Senator Jennifer Fielder | Western Montana Water Rights::

"Dear Senator Fielder, The Fed is broke yet they just announced the new agreement with the CSKT funding the acquisition of private property within the tribal boundaries at the cost to the tax payers..."

Monday, February 3, 2014

FWP biologist and Citizen Advisory Council members discuss Walleye suppression plan.

Some local citizens advisory sub committee members and a FWP fish biologist gathered at our home today since Paul is still too laid up to drive to meetings.
FWP wants to get rid of most Walleye in Noxon reservoir. Local citizens want to keep Walleye fishery in tact. The subcommittee is looking for ways to come up with an acceptable plan that works for everyone. Good exchange of info and ideas today.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

It's a miracle!

8 days after recon surgery, Paul is able to take some steps without crutches. :)