GREAT FALLS – U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte (R-MT) was in Great Falls on Friday talking with members of the Montana Building Industry Association.
Gianforte has been touring the state to meet with small business owners and those in the home building industry.
During the discussion, community members discussed issues important to the home building industry.
Some hot topics include: banking reform, flood insurance programs, taxes, and workforce development.
“I want hear from them. The impacts of this tax policy that we have enacted. Also what’s the impact of regulations? What else can we do to help small businesses thrive in Montana,” Rep. Gianforte said.
Gianforte recalled some success stories, including one in Great Falls.
“I met with Loenbro. They have hired 200 people in the last year and because of the tax plan, they’ve been investing in yellow iron, that’s excavators and bulldozers, and that’s also putting more people to work right here in Cascade County,” Rep. Gianforte said.
But there are still some concerns for businesses.
“They have been hiring more people and raising wages because of the tax bill we passed in December, so that’s really good news for Montana. There’s still concern about regulations. Getting in the way of them expanding. And I have also heard that there is an increase need for workers. This is why we have to get more people back to work so we can continue to grow our economy,” Gianforte said.
Reporting by Elizabeth Transue for MTN News