Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte stopped in the Democratic stronghold of Butte on Tuesday to sit in on a Kiwanis Club meeting. (MTN News photo)
Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte stopped in the Democratic stronghold of Butte on Tuesday to sit in on a Kiwanis Club meeting. (MTN News photo)
Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte stopped in the Democratic stronghold of Butte on Tuesday to sit in on a Kiwanis Club meeting. (MTN News photo)

 

(MTN News-BUTTE) Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte stopped in the Democratic stronghold of Butte on Tuesday to sit in on a Kiwanis Club meeting.

Although the Bozeman businessman did not speak at the meeting, afterward he did take time talk about his campaign to encourage industry and promote small business in Montana.

Gianforte claims the state has too many regulations that hurt the growth of enterprise in the state and plans to start a “regulation roundup” campaign next month to get rid of regulations he sees as harmful.

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“Permits take way too long for our natural resources industries, particularly mining, which has been the legacy here in Butte,” said Gianforte. “Why should it take 11 years to say yes or no on a mining permit? Now we shouldn’t be saying yes to all of them, but we ought to be able to say yes or no a lot faster.“

When asked if he has chosen as running mate yet, Gianforte said he is still considering options and will make an announcement on a later day.

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