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News from State Representative Tom Winter

MONTANA — As our communities begin to grapple with the state of emergency surrounding the COVID-19 virus, thousands of Montanans will feel the financial strains that come with it. Schools will close, forcing parents to pay for childcare or to take off from work. Short term expenses will rise as families prepare for potential social isolation or quarantine scenarios. Healthcare costs will follow. 

For these reasons, State Rep. Tom Winter and his congressional campaign are calling for Northwestern Energy, and all utility companies and co-opts, to do the right thing and suspend all service disconnects for non-payment. 

“Montanans are used to facing the hardships of approaching storms and harsh conditions, but this novel coronavirus is an unprecedented challenge,” said Rep. Winter, “We need to be looking out for each other in the trying days ahead. The working families of this state need to know that the lights, heat, gas, and water will stay on throughout this crisis.” 

With a late-winter storm coming this weekend, now is the time to assure all Montanans that their energy needs will be met, regardless if they’re able to work or make payment during this state of emergency. Montana’s working families are already feeling the strains of broken healthcare and childcare systems, as well as being in the midst of a statewide housing crisis. 

Now is the time for Montanans to come together and place the highest priority on the health, safety and well-being of our families. 


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