Higher Paying Jobs an Afterthought for Dems in Gubernatorial Debate

HELENA, Mont – The Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement after Montana Democrat Gubernatorial candidates, Whitney Williams and Mike Cooney, debated on Saturday.

“With our economy reeling from Coronavirus-related restrictions, Montana needs a Governor that prioritizes economic growth and job creation,” said Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt. “But when Democratic hopefuls Whitney Williams and Mike Cooney were asked on Saturday how they would address low wages in comparison to growing property prices, both candidates failed to even mention the importance of higher-paying jobs when it comes to combating Montana’s exorbitant property costs.

A strong Montana economy that creates good-paying Montana jobs isn’t an afterthought for Republicans – it is a top priority. When we emerge from this crisis, we will need an efficient government in Helena to stimulate our economy’s growth and bring innovative ideas to the table to create jobs – not more government programs. After years of an aversion to fiscal sanity in Helena and a lack of creativity in creating good paying Montana jobs, Montanans are ready for – and deserve – a Republican Governor to help us recover from COVID-19 and create a more prosperous future.

The ideas we saw from Democratic gubernatorial candidates on Saturday signaled more of the same: more government and more regulation.”  

MTGOP Issues Statement on Democrats Delaying Paycheck Protection Program Replenishment

HELENA, Mont. – Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt issued the following statement in response to the Democrats delays in replenishing the Paycheck Protection Program, which has left thousands of small businesses high and dry.

“Growing up in a blue collar family, I’ve witnessed a shift over my lifetime of the Democratic Party moving farther away from America’s middle class. Only the latest example is the Democrats’ failure last week to promptly replenish the Paycheck Protection Program, a critical lifeline for our small businesses.”

“Any additional provisions being requested by the Democrats could have been lobbied for after providing relief to our small businesses. Given the Administration’s tremendous cooperation with both sides during this crisis and the news that an agreement is now imminent, I’m sure their requests could have been considered and even secured in future legislation. But instead, the Democrats chose the path that harmed America’s small businesses AND America’s middle class. The Democratic Party has left every day Montanans behind.”

MTGOP Issues Statement on Small Business Relief through Paycheck Protection Program

Today, the Small Business Administration announced that it has approved 10,372 loans in Montana under the Paycheck Protection Program, providing $1,293,105,048 in relief to Montana small businesses.

MTGOP issued the following statement from Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt regarding the update.

“President Trump’s Paycheck Protection Program is an invaluable lifeline for Montana’s small businesses and workers who have been struggling due to Coronavirus-related restrictions,” said Chairman Don “K”. “Because of these loans, thousands of Montana businesses have been able to remain open and keep their employees on payroll during these difficult times.” 

“The Paycheck Protection Program could not be mentioned without thanking Montana’s Republican Congressional leaders – Senator Daines and Congressman Gianforte – who acted swiftly to advance this critical program, despite delays by their Democratic counterparts, and continue to advocate in Congress for the program’s immediate expansion.” 

If you own a small business needing Coronavirus relief, visit sba.gov/coronavirus to learn more about the Paycheck Protection Program.