Daniel Kemmis discusses Initiative 95—legislation requiring 25 percent of the coal tax trust fund be invested in Montana’s economy—the work that went into forming the initiative years since 1975, and the compromises he made in order to help the initiative gain traction within the Montana State Legislature. Kemmis explains the goals of Initiative 95, both short and long term. He talks about his struggles to create an initiative that would pass while staying true to his original vision. He divulges that he had to change parts of the initiative in order to obtain the governor’s support which would help the initiative pass. Kemmis also mentions that he now travels around Montana to speak to local party organizations.
This interview ends abruptly and never resumes.
Montana State Legislature; Montana state legislators; Montana politicians; Initiative 95; Coal investments; Coal tax
Daniel Kemmis Interviews Oral History Project, OH 036, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (7 p.: 28 cm.)
Kemmis, Daniel, "Daniel Kemmis Interview, June 11, 1982" (1982). Daniel Kemmis Interviews Oral History Project. 9.