Lawmaker asks governor to reopen Montana for business

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Thursday, April 23, 2020
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Governor Bullock;

We are coming to the end of a world wide event that will certainly change our way of life as we have known it. We have also seen life saving measures that were taken work. We have not seen the extremely important part of our nation, the driving force for us all, our economy, protected the same way.

Here in Montana it was the easiest route chosen. Shut everything down. Deny the rights of citizen’s. No credit was given for the life long knowledge and experience the people of Montana have. Mitigation by business’s was not offered as a viable way to keep doors open and people working. You have sold all Montanans short. My constituents and I understand your responsibility to keep the citizens of Montana safe. But now is the time to begin to move forward. As always Montanans have rallied together and accepted and followed your directives for the good of the state.

Now we face a different problem, opening Montana and allowing people to go back to work. Businesses need to be re-opened, many are at risk of failing completely. Since your recent extension of shelter in place 3 restaurant’s in Yellowstone County have announced they are closing permanently. Our economy is rapidly failing, our tax base losing money everyday. People are now worried about their jobs and supporting their families, reopening their businesses. We have learned from this shutdown, with some common sense guidelines we should be able to re-open our State. We can do this, we can safely rebuild our economy and all benefit from it.

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