Helena, MT- With the start of the 2021 Legislature fast approaching, Montana’s premier business advocacy organization is laying out its top policy priorities for the new year, the focus of which is aimed at near-term recovery and maintaining long-term, sustainable economic growth.
“As businesses continue to navigate the public health and economic challenges presented by the coronavirus, we remain optimistic that the upcoming legislative session will deliver prosperity for all Montanans in the years ahead,” said Todd O’Hair, president and CEO of the Montana Chamber of Commerce. “Achieving this will require getting our economy back on track – businesses going from surviving to thriving. We are prepared to do our part in 2021 with an appropriately bold series of proposals.”
The Montana Chamber’s 2021 legislative agenda was developed by several policy working groups comprised of member businesses with final approval given by the organization’s Board of Directors. Its legislative priorities align with Envision 2026, the Montana Chamber’s 10-year strategic plan for Montana’s future.
The Montana Chamber’s top priorities for the 67th Legislature include:
- Passing reasonable COVID-19 liability protections for businesses, health care providers, manufacturers, schools, and more;
- Enhanced industry input in agency rulemaking, either with legislation or by executive-driven approaches;
- Advancing workforce development with targeted investments in career and technical education and by removing barriers for work-based learning programs that can help create a pipeline of qualified talent for Montana businesses.
“Workforce development, business climate, infrastructure, and entrepreneurship are tall orders, but we have advanced these goals with each legislative session since debuting our strategic plan in 2016,” noted Paul Hopfauf, Director of Strategic Planning and Growth for Montana-Dakota Utilities, Co. and Chair of the Montana Chamber board of directors. “We’re excited to make additional progress in 2021 with our new governor and legislature.”
Click here to learn more about the Montana Chamber’s complete 2021 legislative agenda.
About the Montana Chamber:
Since 1931, the Montana Chamber of Commerce is the state’s leading business advocate, representing over 750 member entities from the state’s largest businesses to Main Street mom-and-pops. For more about the Montana Chamber, visit www.MontanaChamber.com.
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