State of Montana Archives: on Jobs


Greg Gianforte: Address Montana's dismal national standing on wages

With the economy a focal point of the governor's race, Gov. Steve Bullock is attempting to position himself as an advocate of the working class. His likely opponent in November, Republican Greg Gianforte, has been criticizing the governor for the state's relatively dismal standing on wages. Bullock wants to see wages rise--particularly among women who aren't being paid fairly. He said Montana women make about 67 cents for every dollar made by men. And he noted the slow pace in which women are catching up to men in salaries. "At this rate, the gap won't close until the year 2080. That's unacceptable," he told the group. "I'd match our Montana work ethic up against any other state in the nation, and 39th in the country in pay equity is flat out not OK."
Source: The Missoulian on 2016 Montana Gubernatorial race Mar 11, 2016

John Walsh: Supports increasing the minimum wage

While Walsh spent part of his Saturday night speech blasting Daines, he also spelled out some of his own positions, saying he supports increasing the minimum wage, cutting waste in the defense budget, allowing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices and reforming the prosecution of sexual assaults in the military.
Source: Ravalli Republic on 2014 Montana Senate race Mar 9, 2014

Steve Bullock: J.O.B.S. Bill: Jobs and Opportunity by Building Schools

Montanans want us to take a balanced approach: Let's save some, invest some and give some back.

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.

Source: 2013 State of the State Address to Montana legislature Jan 30, 2013

Steve Bullock: Enforce that construction projects hire Montana residents

Right now, we have a law on the books that is supposed to require that at least half of the workers on any construction project funded by state or local tax dollars be Montana residents, but it's riddled with loopholes and not enforceable. When taxpayer money is funding a project, let's put Montana companies and Montana workers first.

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.

Source: 2013 State of the State Address to Montana legislature Jan 30, 2013

Ryan Zinke: Don't discount minimum wage for tips

Excerpts from legislation: SB 253: Allowing Employers to Count Tips as Credit Against Minimum Wage::