The incoming leadership of the Montana Legislature has changed its calendar for the next session, scheduling a meeting with state business owners and business leaders Saturday, Jan. 8, to discuss what they would like to see the state government do to help with job creation.
Rep. Wendy Warburton, R-Havre, who represents House District 34 in northern Hill and Blaine counties, said in her e-mail updating people about the meeting that the event should be of interest to the general public as well as business leaders.
“It's critical that business people from rural communities in north-central Montana actively participate in this effort — not just those from larger cities and other areas of the state, ” Warburton added. “We need to gather all perspectives and would appreciate all input. ” Warburton could not be reached for comment this morning.
“The next session of the Montana Legislature will be focused on creating opportunity for Montanans, and this is our first step — to listen to the people of Montana, those private-sector employers who take a lot of risk to put people to work to offer goods and services to consumers, ” incoming Speaker of the House Mike Milburn, R- Cascade, said in a release.
Milburn and incoming Senate President Jim Peterson, R-Buffalo, invited people to make a short presentation at the meeting. They should e-mail to Sen. Chas Vincent, R-Libby, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Employers should include their name, contact information, a brief history of their business and a short description of their suggestion.
“We are hoping small employers, large employers and the self-employed will give us ideas of what burdensome laws, regulations, or tax policies need to be changed or repealed so that these private employers can create opportunity for unemployed Montanans to rejoin the workforce, ” Milburn said.
“It is our hope that these Montana job creators will come forward with specific suggestions on unnecessary or overly complicated laws or regulations that we could take a look at repealing, ” Peterson added.
The revised calendar of the 2011 legislative session is available online at cleantext_url_380rs7415835o8o9362rr5q0442to3t82011-session-calendar.pdf.