RELEASE: Governor Bullock Stalling on COVID-19 Aid

HELENA, Mont. – More than two months after Montana received $1.25 billion thanks to Senator Daines, Congressman Gianforte, and President Trump, Governor Bullock has disbursed only 2.5% of that aid to Montanans.

As Montanans all across our state continue to lose their jobs, close their businesses, and face financial hardship, it’s clear this relief is badly needed. In fact, Montana is suffering the worst job loss per capita than any of our neighboring states, and Bullock’s delay in providing this relief to Montanans is further destroying our economy after months of being shut down.

The Montana Republican Party released the following statement today in response to Governor Bullock’s failure to prioritize relief to the people of Montana:

“Our Montana small businesses, workers, and families continue to suffer hardship while more than $1.2 billion in relief for Montanans is holed up in a bank account in Helena,” said MTGOP Executive Director Spenser Merwin. “Senator Daines, Congressman Gianforte, and President Trump provided critical emergency relief to our Country months ago yet Montanans are left waiting for Governor Bullock to act and deliver this support to those in need.”


Montana is suffering the worst job loss per capita in the Northern Rockies. (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

Over 23% of Montana’s workforce filing for unemployment through May 30th, a number disproportionate to neighboring states:

  • 16.0% of Wyoming’s workforce filed for unemployment
  • 12.1% of South Dakota’s
  • 16.7% of North Dakota’s
  • 19.4% of Idaho’s