BETTER ECONOMY AND BETTER JOBS:
As a small business owner, I know how burdensome regulations and red tape can stop
your business from being successful. That is why I have continued to be one of the
highest ranked legislative members over the past four sessions by the Montana Chamber
of Commerce. In fact, last session they named me a “Champion of Business” for my Pro
Business voting record.
-I have carried legislation that has exempted groups in the transportation industry from
excessive Worker’s Compensation charges.
-I Co-sponsored the state’s largest Worker’s Compensation reduction bill in the last 20
years that has lowered Worker’s Compensation Rates by 26% in the last four years.
-I have worked on and helped carry two Business Equipment Tax bills that have eliminated
this tax for nearly 17,000 small businesses across the state of Montana and nearly cut the
tax in half for all other businesses.
Goals for the upcoming session:
-Continue to further lower the Business Equipment Tax so that businesses will not be taxed
on the equipment they need to be successful.
-Continue to work for more improvements in our Worker’s Compensation system to drive
additional reductions in cost.
-Continue to protect the Insure Montana Small Business Program so that small businesses
can continue to provide insurance to their employees.
-Continue to vote against unneeded red tape and regulations and promote an environment
of free market principles that prove that Montana is “Truly Open for Business.”
-Continue to support the trade programs at our Vo-Tech and community colleges so that
students can receive the proper training and experience to find good paying Montana jobs.