We can invest some. I ask you to join me in prioritizing job creation, education and a more effective government. The first step you should take in creating jobs and investing in education is to put politics aside and pass the J.O.B.S. Bill. The quality of our workers attracts businesses to invest here. It's called the J.O.B.S. Bill, which stands for Jobs and Opportunity by Building Schools. We can take advantage of historically low interest rates and immediately create thousands of jobs across the state--and do it without raising taxes.
Stand with me and the over 2,500 construction workers we want to put to work building world class schools for our world class workforce. And while we are at it, let's make sure that those 2,500-plus construction workers newly employed by the J.O.B.S. Bill are our friends and neighbors.
Let's work together to close these loopholes and expand this requirement to all projects--not just construction. And let's also significantly increase the proportion of Montana workers required on any state or locally funded project. I hope you will join me to pass this measure so we can put more money into the hands of Montana businesses and create more jobs for Montana workers.
OnTheIssues analysis: The minimum wage was set at $6.15 an hour; this bill would raise the minimum wage to $6.90 an hour, excluding the value of tips received by the employee. That means the minimum wage would go up for non-tipped employees, but would go down for tipped employees (if their tips summed to more than the difference of $-/75 an hour).
Legislative outcome: Ryan Zinke voted NAY, SB 253 Senate rejected 21-29-0 on Feb. 3
This investment will increase by 20 each year the number of food processing companies that participate in “Montana Growth Through Agriculture”-sponsored domestic and foreign trade missions. It will form an electronic clearinghouse of niche marketing ideas and trends. It will assist 15 Montana agri-businesses each year in the development of marketing plans that accurately reflect consumer trends in the marketplace. It will provide for educational functions and informal services to inform Montanans regarding agriculture’s role in the environment and in the state’s economy.
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