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Montana legislators hear from business leaders


HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Lawmaker heard familiar complaints from business leaders taking part Saturday in what was billed as a "jobs listening session," but agreed many of the comments will help reinforce goals for the legislative session.

Republican legislative leaders are hoping to polish ideas for legislation that could spur job growth by talking to the owners of about 100 businesses.

Farmers and ranchers were worried about property taxes, wolves, and regulations. Mining companies pushed for an easier permitting system and a change in a culture they say is harmful to their industry.


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