Gov. Bullock greets future readers

By: 
Sen. Steve Bullock
Montana Governor

Dear Montanans:
If you are reading this letter, 100 years have passed and the Laurel Rotary Club’s time capsule has been opened. As Montana’s 24th Governor, I am pleased to greet you from the past!
I appreciate the opportunity to give you a glimpse of Montana as we know it today in the year 2017. Currently, Montana is home to roughly 1 million people — we are still largely outnumbered by elk, deer and antelope. Montana’s unemployment rate is at a healthy 3.8% and we were recently named as the top state for overall income growth. Montana is a proud state of no sales tax, and I hope this is still true in 2117. For the 4th year in a row, we have topped the nation in entrepreneurial activity, we have the 4th most microbreweries per capita, and our $6 billion outdoor recreation economy makes for the most spectacular public lands for all to enjoy. Recently, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake rattled the mountain town of Lincoln, and was felt by many Montanans across the state, but no serious damage occurred. It was the strongest earthquake to hit Montana in over two decades.
Thus far in 2017, our state has had a special congressional election, and we concluded the 65th state legislative session. I signed a state budget into law that exemplifies our values of balancing the books, while keeping a healthy rainy day fund for unexpected emergencies. This budget builds upon the fiscally responsible management that has served our state so well since its inception, and made responsible and sustainable investments in education, health care, and infrastructure to benefit the future generations of Montanans. I hope these values of fiscal responsibility and investing in the future of Montanans are still upheld today by our current Governor and Montana Legislature.
Montana was founded by independent, hardworking idealists, and as our unique history continues into the future, it is my hope that in 2117 you honor where you came from, learn from your history, and remember Montana was founded on the shoulders of giants. From Native Americans to the first explorers and settlers, every generation of Montanans have worked hard to create a better world and leave this state to our children better than what we inherited. It is your responsibility as the current leaders, workers, and students to build upon the successes we have accomplished. Through our efforts here in 2017 and the efforts of those over the last 100 years since, Montana will continue to be the Last Best Place in 2117.
I will leave you with a quote from our beloved Montana Constitution, which is a relevant now as when it was adopted in 1972 and will continue to resonate into 2117. “We the people of Montana grateful to God for the quiet beauty of our state, the grandeur of our mountains, the vastness of our rolling plains, and desiring to improve the quality of life, equality of opportunity and to secure the blessings of liberty for this and future generations.”

Sincerely,
Steve Bullock, Governor

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Fourth Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Eagles Hall, 313 W. Main, 628-4503
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., check www.laurelexchangeclub.org for more info. Find them on Facebook www.facebook.com/laurelexchangeclub . Email them to find out meeting time and to join: clubinfo@laurelexchangeclub.org The club will have a meeting or volunteer activity. Meeting location is Sid's East Side Bar & Grill on first and third Wednesdays of each month. Members and guests eat free.  Volunteer activity on the second Wednesday of each month. Check their facebook page for updates.  Every fourth Wednesday is for a club social activity. 
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961

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