Governor Greg Gianforte Moving Montana Forward

HELENA, Mont. – Governor Greg Gianforte’s leadership this week repeatedly delivered results to improve the lives of Montanans. From aggressively combatting Covid-19, leading the Montana Comeback Plan, making fishing free on Mother’s Day weekend, to meeting with county leaders to move Montana forward, Governor Greg Gianforte had a busy week as Montana’s chief executive.

MTGOP Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement in response:

“After 16 years of ineffective bureaucrats running our state government, Governor Greg Gianforte is already changing the way Helena does business by delivering swift results that will concretely improve the lives of all Montanans,” said Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt. “I’m grateful for the governor’s extraordinary leadership in getting shots in arms and continuing to lead the Montana Comeback Plan by moving critical tax reform through the legislature. But most importantly, I want to thank Montana’s health care heroes and public health officials for their lifesaving efforts that made Montana number one in vaccine administration.”

As our incredible health care heroes and unified Republican legislature bring us closer to getting the economy going again, reopening Montana for business, and successfully implementing the Montana Comeback Plan, there is no doubt that Montana’s best days lie ahead.

Governor Gianforte’s Week in Review

Montana was named #1 in the nation for administering Covid vaccine doses

Our health care heroes’ dedication and tireless work made Montana the most efficient statein administering Covid vaccine doses. As we all continue battling the pandemic, Montana health officials’ outstanding service will continue to go a long way in saving lives, safely reopening the state, reigniting the economy, and getting life back to normal.

Free Mother’s Day Weekend Fishing!

 On Tuesday, Governor Gianforte displayed bipartisan leadership at its finest by signing Senate Bill 61, making fishing free on Mother’s Day weekend.

Montana Comeback Plan Becoming a Reality

 This week, two signature Montana Comeback bills – the Montana Entrepreneur Magnet Act and the COMPETES Act – moved one step closer to becoming law, which will make Montana more competitive and create more good-paying jobs right here in Montana. The pro-jobs, pro-growth bills are critical to getting our economy going again and getting Montana open for business.

Governor Gianforte Addresses MACo

 The governor finished the week addressing county commissioners and local leaders at MACo’s Midwinter Conferenceon Friday night. After his remarks, Governor Gianforte sat down with the leaders of Montana’s resilient, vibrant communities to further discuss ways to keep moving Montana forward.

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Senator Daines introduces Main Street Tax Certainty Act

HELENA, Mont. – Senator Steve Daines today introduced the “Main Street Tax Certainty Act,” a bill to make the 20 percent pass-through small business tax deduction permanent.

In response, Senator Daines released the following statement:

“Montana small businesses help our communities thrive and prosper – they’re what make our hometowns feel like home,” Daines said. “Making this main street tax relief permanent will provide the certainty needed to help Montana small businesses stay afloat, create more jobs, and expand their operations.”

The Main Street Tax Certainty Act has bipartisan, bicameral congressional support and widespread support from all across the business community.

MTGOP Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt also released the following statement:

“In November Montanans proudly sent Senator Daines back to the Senate to continue forging bipartisan solutions that make our country stronger, creating a pro-business environment to help folks prosper, and boldly supporting our treasured small businesses that make Montana’s communities so special,” said Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt. “Small businesses make up 99% of Montana business, and Senator Daines’ Main Street Tax Certainty Act will go a long way in helping Montanans reach their full potential, building stronger communities in every corner of the state, and keeping Montana The Last Best Place.”

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ICYMI: Governor Greg Gianforte visits Keystone XL Pipeline

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February 21, 2020
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 ICYMI: Governor Greg Gianforte visits Keystone XL Pipeline
HELENA, Mont. – ICYMI: Governor Greg Gianforte visited Montanans in Phillips and Valley counties, where he saw firsthand the impacts of President Biden’s decision to shut down the Keystone XL pipeline and Senator Tester’s refusal to support reauthorization of the project.
After the visits, Governor Gianforte issued the following statement:
“President Biden’s decision to shut down the Keystone XL Pipeline project is devastating to Montana. Today, we heard from Montanans who invested millions in their businesses in anticipation of this project and the economic boost it would bring their communities.
“We heard from school administrators and parents, who had anticipated increased revenues to recruit and pay teachers to educate their kids.
“We heard from officials with electric cooperatives, who had plans to build dozens of miles of transmission lines to the pipeline – bringing electricity to some of the region’s most rural areas.
  
“We heard from the local chamber of commerce, about how the project would have benefited their local businesses, created good-paying Montana jobs, and boosted our economy.
 
“And we heard from Montanans, who were once optimistic about what the Keystone XL Pipeline project could mean for their treasured rural communities.
With the stroke of a pen, President Biden took all of that away. I join these Montanans in sending a loud and clear message to President Biden: your Keystone XL decision must be reversed.”
Background Info:
·      Within hours of assuming office, President Biden revoked the Keystone XL pipeline permit, costing Montana thousands of jobs and tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue.
·      When faced with his first opportunity to side with Montanans on a vote to authorize the Keystone XL pipeline construction in the reconciliation package before the U.S. Senate, Tester voted in favor of the amendment to ensure its inclusion in the final product. Yet just hours later, Senator Tester was the deciding vote to strip any amendment from the final product, effectively killing any opportunity to move forward legislation authorizing Keystone XL’s construction.
·      Senator Tester’s flip-flop should be a wake-up call for the hardworking Montanans. Our Senior Senator was unwilling to stand up to President Biden and Chuck Schumer’s job-killing agenda to protect Montana jobs.
·      Since then, Senator Daines introduced legislation to reauthorize the Keystone XL pipeline and offer a legislative path for the project. So far, Senator Tester refuses to support this Daines-led legislative effort.
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ICYMI: Republicans Expanding your 2nd Amendments Rights in Helena

HELENA, Mont. – ICYMI: Governor Greg Gianforte yesterday signed House Bill 102 into law. The new law expands Montanans’ gun rights and makes Montana a safer place to live.

“Every law-abiding Montanan should be able to defend themselves and their loved ones. That’s why today, I’m signing H.B. 102 into law,” Governor Greg Gianforte said before signing the bill.

H.B. 102 allows Montanans to carry a concealed firearm for self-defense without written authorization from the government, simplifies a confusing patchwork of gun laws in our state, eliminates government-mandated places where only criminals are armed, and modernizes Montana’s outdated carry laws to reflect safe carrying of firearms in the 21st century.

After Montana Republicans vowed to defend your 2nd Amendment Rights relentlessly, the passage of H.B. 102 into law is the latest example of Republican leadership delivering a big win for all Montana gun owners.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Seth Berglee (R-Joliet), released the following statement in response:

“House Bill 102 ensures that law-abiding Montanans’ right to self-defense is protected from state barriers. This legislation allows concealed carry without a permit in the same places that open carry is currently allowed, which is the safer modern way of carrying firearms. I thank Governor Gianforte for signing this Republican priority bill into law.”

Attorney General Austin Knudsen issued the following statement after Governor Greg Gianforte signed House Bill 102 into law:

“At a time when the president is calling for state-level gun registries, strong legislation affirming Montanans’ gun rights is more important than ever. No bill in the last 20 years has done more to protect our fundamental right to keep and bear arms than Representative Seth Berglee’s bill that was signed into law today. I join hundreds of thousands of my fellow Montana gun owners in thanking Representative Berglee for getting this bill across the finish line.”

Attorney General Knudsen Creates Public-Private Partnership to Combat Human Trafficking

HELENA, Mont. – Attorney General Austin Knudsen today announced the details of the “Sentinel Project”at a Press Conference alongside the Montana Beer and Wine Distributors Association and the Montana Association of Chiefs of Police.

The Sentinel Project establishes a partnership between the Department of Justice, the Montana Beer and Wine Distributors Association, and the Montana Association of Chiefs of Police in the battle against human trafficking in Montana.

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen released the following statement at the Ceremony:

“The Department of Justice’s Highway Patrol troopers, criminal investigators, and prosecutors are all-in on the fight against human trafficking but it’s going to take our entire state coming together to help victims and put an end to this heinous crime,” said Attorney General Knudsen. “The Montana Beer and Wine Distributor’s Association drivers, merchandisers, and salespeople are the boots on the ground in our communities, day in and day out.  Their efforts to identify and report signs of human trafficking will aid law enforcement tremendously in this fight.”

There is no cause worthier of fighting for than working to keep all Montanans safe, and the MTGOP is proud to support the Attorney General in this critical mission.

As part of the Sentinel Project, beer and wine distribution employees statewide have participated in the awareness training, and all MBWDA and DOJ employees will be equipped with contact information to alert both authorities and our statewide human trafficking hotline, 1-833-406-STOP, if they spot suspicious behaviors.

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Statement on loss of conservative icon, Rush Limbaugh

MTGOP Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement in response to the loss of conservative icon, Rush Limbaugh, who passed away today at the age of 70:

“Rush Limbaugh was a conservative hero who ferociously defended the movement’s ideals, and helped shaped the thinking of multiple generations over his legendary career,” said MTGOP Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt. “For over 30 years, Rush’s iconic voice spoke to millions of Americans across the United States, and his presence in American life will be sorely missed. Rush’s unique role in conservative politics and his outsized influence in the media industry rightfully earned him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time as they, along with millions of Americans, mourn the loss of a great American Patriot.”

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Statement on the Acquittal of Former President Donald Trump

HELENA, Mont. – Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt issued the following statement in response to the acquittal of former President Donald J. Trump:

“The second impeachment of President Trump was another effort led by D.C. Democrats to further divide our country and tie all Republicans to the actions taken by extremists on January 6th,” said Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt. “Montanans are grateful to Senator Daines for his vote to end an unconstitutional effort against a private citizen, and we hope Senator Tester and other Democrats in Washington, D.C. will now finally be able to join their Republican colleagues in focusing on issues that will improve the lives of the American people.”
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State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen Delivers State of Education Address

HELENA, Mont. – State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen today delivered the 2021 State of Education Address, entitled “Montana Education Solutions,” where she offered an optimistic outlook for Montana’s students and families’ future.

Despite the challenges created by COVID-19, Superintendent Arntzen focused on the Office of Public Instruction’s innovation and flexibility in finding ways to continue serving Montana students.

In her remarks, Superintendent Arntzen highlighted the continued success of four key initiatives being led by the OPI, which are putting our Montana’s students and their families first: Montana Teach, Montana Hope, Montana Learn, and Montana Ready.

After the address, MTGOP Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement:

“As we embark on the Montana Comeback Plan, Superintendent Arntzen’s Montana Ready initiative will be playing a key role in creating more opportunity for students to help bring the American dream into greater reach for the next generation of Montanans,” said MTGOP Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt. “It’s clear that Superintendent Arntzen’s commitment to supporting Montana’s special needs and at-risk students, providing military families the service that they deserve, and prioritizing the importance of civics education will ensure a stronger, brighter Montana future for decades to come.”

Governor Gianforte is reopening Montana for business

HELENA, Mont. – In his first major bill signing, Governor Greg Gianforte today made Senate Bill 65 Montana law. Thankfully, Republicans in Helena recognized the urgent need for liability protections and led the effort to quickly pass Senate Bill 65 through the legislature with bipartisan support.

In response, MTGOP Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement:

“After routinely promising to lead the Montana Comeback Plan and jump-start our economy on the campaign trail, it’s clear that our new governor’s promises made will continue being promises kept,” said Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt. “The pandemic devastated our economy, and I’m glad to see Helena Republicans pave the way in reopening our state and giving Montana businesses the lifeline that they so desperately need right now. This is great news for all Montanans and will go a long way in putting personal responsibility first and defending our Montana way of life.”

The new law protects Montana businesses, places of worship, health care providers, and nonprofit organizations from frivolous coronavirus-related lawsuits.

Governor Greg Gianforte’s signing of the new law provides the critical first step in getting the economy going again, reopening Montana for business, and removing the statewide mask mandate.

Montana’s mask mandate will be lifted on Friday morning.

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Tester Chooses Chuck Schumer over Montana with Keystone XL Vote

HELENA, Mont. – Montana’s senior Senator could have been the Democrat in the Senate to put his money where his mouth is for once by voting to help support and move forward legislation authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline introduced by Senator Daines.

Senator Tester had the power and opportunity to support the pipeline and force Biden to reverse his current course of action, but instead of supporting hundreds of good-paying jobs, lower energy costs, and $80 million a year in tax revenue for Montanans, Tester sided with radical environmentalists and Chuck Schumer over Montana.

Tester backed the crazy Montana Conversation Voters crowd over thousands of union construction jobs and Montana’s skilled trades workers. His vote to kill Daines’ Keystone amendment also blocked tens of millions of dollars a year in local tax revenue for services in our rural communities for schools, roads, and law enforcement.

Montanans deserve to know the truth about Tester’s actions. We hope Montana reporters tell the story.

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MTGOP Proudly Stands for Life

HELENA, Mont. – Today thousands virtually gathered in support of life in the 2021 annual March for Life.

Although the march looked a little different this year, the mission remains the same: defending every precious human life by uniting, educating, and mobilizing pro-life people.

The March for Life organization is essential to mobilizing pro-life Americans and supporting pro-life legislation, and their critical efforts save lives every single day.

Montana Republicans are proud to celebrate life and unequivocally stand with allies like March for Life in this ongoing, crucial mission to protect the lives of the most vulnerable among us: unborn children.

MTGOP Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement:

“The Montana Republican Party treasures every human life and unapologetically, supports the right to life here in Montana,” said MTGOP Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt. “With Montana’s first pro-life governor in sixteen years, we have an incredible opportunity to pass crucial pro-life legislation. This is already becoming a reality, as just last night Governor Greg Gianforte, in his State of the State Address, pledged to sign the Montana Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act marking two major pro-life milestones for our state.”

Governor Gianforte communicates positive, hopeful vision for Montana

HELENA, Mont. – Governor Greg Gianforte tonight joined the 67th Legislature in the House Chamber of the State Capitol to deliver his first State of the State Address as governor.

In his remarks, Governor Gianforte communicated his positive, hopeful vision for our state. With a focus on protecting our families and communities by combatting the drug epidemic, creating more good-paying jobs for Montanans, making Montana’s economy competitive, and bringing prosperity to every corner of the state, Governor Gianforte is poised to lead Montana’s comeback.

MTGOP Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement in response:

“Congratulations to Governor Gianforte on delivering his first State of the State address. After sixteen years of hearing from Democrats, it’s nice to hear a conservative voice finally addressing the Treasure State again,” said MTGOP Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt. “After a year filled with many challenges, tonight we turned the page and began a new chapter for the Last Best Place.

Governor Gianforte presented a clear vision for changing the way Helena does business, restoring customer service to the government, and building a stronger, healthier Montana for all Montanans. After tonight, it could not be any clearer: with Helena back in Republican hands, Montana’s best days lie ahead.”