MEISSNER, DESMA

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
State Senate
District:
12
Political Affiliation:
Republican

Survey

Response Legend

  • SSStrongly Supports
  • SSupports
  • OOpposes
  • SOStrongly Opposes
  • *Comment
  • Declined to respond
  • Declined to respond, Position based on citation

Question Response Comments/Notes
1. Pubic Schools in Montana are overfunded: O
2. Pubic Schools in Montana are underfunded: S
3. Pubic Schools in Montana are adequately funded: S
4. Parental choice in education should be expanded through tax credits, education savings accounts, vouchers, and other means to allow children to attend any school of their or their parents choice: SS
5. Montana should allow public charter schools: SS
6. Parents should be allowed to home school their children without additional state regulation: S
7. The teaching of "Critical Race Theory" (CRT) should be banned in Montana public schools: SS
8. Comprehensive sex education, beginning as early as kindergarten, should be allowed in public elementary schools: SO* As a Clinical Nursing Instructor for Great Falls College MSU, I fully understand the need to support Montana's education system. I believe it should be done on a state and local level with parents having a voice in their children's education.
9. Income taxes in Montana are too high: S
10. Property taxes in Montana are too high: S
11. Corporate taxes in Montana are too high: S
12. The 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution allows all citizens to own firearms for self-protection: SS
13. Global warming is a problem requiring increased regulation: SO
14. Environmental regulations in Montana are too stringent: S
15. Environmental regulations in Montana are NOT stringent enough: O* Taxes in Montana is one thing that many people are concerned about, especially since Montana has become one of the fastest growing states with property values going up substantially. My biggest fear in attempting to lower either property taxes or income taxes is that the state legislature will attempt to replace lost revenue with a sales tax. If a sales tax is introduced it must include the complete elimination of either property or income taxes. If an additional stream of revenue exists, a future legislatures could have another source that can always be increases as needed. The most important thing to being a legislator is to figure out how to provide a quality service for the amount of revenue received. Montana needs to figure out how to provide quality services for it current revenue or even less. Montana spends about 26.2% of its budget on education, and any decrease in tax revenue could cost education and other services needed funds. Any tax decrease has to be considered as an extremely important issue and not just an off handed “we need to cut taxes”. If the state can find a way to make government more efficient while still providing the needed services, reduction in tax rates should be considered, but only if needed services are not effected.
16. Montanans should not be discriminated against or treated differently because of their vaccine status: SS* I firmly believe that no person should be discriminated against based on their medical background including their vaccine status. I personally have experience discrimination as a result of my Covid vaccine status. As a nurse at Benifis in Great Falls, I worked in the Covid unit and was exposed to the virus early in the process of the pandemic. And although I continued to test my antibody levels which remained high, and requesting a religious exemption from getting the vaccine, Benefis denied my request and fired me for not being vaccinated.
17. Doctor assisted suicide should be legal in Montana: O
18. Abortion should be banned in ALL stages of pregnancy: S
19. Abortion should be banned during all stages of pregnancy, with the exceptions for rape and incest: S
20. Abortion should be banned only after a heartbeat is detected (around 6 weeks): SS
21. Abortion should be banned only after the first trimester (12 weeks): O
22. Abortion should be banned only when a fetus becomes viable outside the womb (20 weeks): SO
23. Abortion should be banned only after the 2nd trimester (28 weeks): O
24. Abortion should never be banned, not at any stage of pregnancy: SO
25. The Montana Constitution should be amended to ban abortion: S
26. Infanticide (infants born alive with physical abnormalities, including infants born as a result of a botched abortion) should be banned in Montana. SO
27. Companies and individuals should be allowed to opt-out of the abortion related mandates contained in Obamacare: SS
28. Transgender athletes should be allowed to compete against athletes of the opposite sex: SO
29. Doctors should be banned from performing sex-change procedures on minors: SS
30. Homosexuals and transgender people should be allowed to adopt children: O
31. Non-discrimination laws should be expanded to protect sexual orientation and gender identity in the same way that race, creed, nationality, and religion are protected: O
32. Montana’s marriage laws should be changed to reflect the recent legalization of same-sex marriage by the U.S. Supreme Court: S