The state House of Representatives passed a bill just before mid-break that would authorize a health care compact seen as an alternative to Obamacare in that it would take health care out of the hands of the federal government and give it to the states.
House Bill 526, sponsored by Rep. Champ Edmunds, R-Missoula, now heads to the Senate for action after a 62-36 vote in the House.
When the Legislature came to town in early January, it seemed clear that jobs would be the number one issue of the session. Now that the Legislature has used up half of its 90 days, this is a good time to reflect on how the people’s branch is doing on that key issue.
In just two months, the Legislature has made good progress on delivering positive legislation targeted to help with the creation of good-paying jobs. Sure, there are some sensational bills on other issues that get a lot of media attention, but there are also several bills that encourage businesses to expand, hire new workers, and grow our state’s economy.
Loveland Products Receives Award for 3rd Year
Loveland Products, Inc. – Billings has received the 2010 EcoStar Award. EcoStar is a Pollution Prevention Program of the Montana State University’s Extension Service. LPI-Billings has won the award for three years in a row. The manufacturing plant continues to prove their dedication to being environmental stewards and conservationists as well as a leader in sustainable agriculture.
As chairman of the Montana Republican Party, I’ve been working with our legislators to help them deliver the job-creating, budget-cutting, pro-freedom agenda for which Montanans voted. During the first half of the Legislative session, Republicans moved so many bills creating jobs that space in this column won’t allow me to list them all. These are just a few of the most important.
Now at the halfway mark of the 62nd legislature, it’s been frustrating to read the daily news coverage. More news seems to be focused on social issue bills than on bills to improve the business climate and create jobs. I realize, of course, that these articles are important to many people, but the problem is that the general public may be under the false impression that social issues have taken precedence over bills to spur economic recovery.
Gov. Brian Schweitzer has accused the Republican leadership of the Legislature of ordering its fiscal division to not release more optimistic revenue projections until halfway through the session so that they could follow their own agenda for cuts to state government.
GOP leaders quickly dismissed the Democratic governor’s claims, calling them “inaccurate” and accused him of turning “the Capitol into an arena for political theater.”
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