As Cooney Rolls Out Plan to “Keep Montana Working,” Gianforte’s Policies Would Cost Montanans Thousands of Jobs

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As Cooney Rolls Out Plan to “Keep Montana Working,” Gianforte’s Policies Would Cost Montanans Thousands of Jobs
 
Helena, MT – Earlier today, Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney released his “Keep Montana Working” plan, sharing his vision to lead Montana through the coronavirus crisis and keep Montana’s economy on track from day one. At the same time, Greg Gianforte continues to advocate for job-killing policies, like blocking access to public lands, repealing Medicaid expansion, and cutting unemployment benefits. After all, Greg Gianforte built a business whose “purpose” was “eliminating and outsourcing jobs overseas,” so it should come as no surprise that his policies would cost Montana thousands of jobs. 

This week, extended unemployment benefits are set to expire for thousands of Montana families. Greg Gianforte supports zeroing out the relief program – his plan to cut unemployment benefits could cost Montana more than 7,867 jobs

Last month, Greg Gianforte reaffirmed his support for repealing the Affordable Care Act and Montana’s Medicaid expansion. If he gets his way, Gianforte’s opposition to quality, affordable health care could cost Montana up to 7,500 jobs and $385 million in personal income

Likewise, Greg Gianforte’s well-known anti-public lands policies jeopardize Montana’s robust outdoor economy. 71,000 Montana jobs rely on Montana’s outdoor industry – still, Greg Gianforte supports federal land management transfer and the removal of protections from nearly 700,000 acres of public lands. Just last week, Gianforte said he was “pleased” by the appointment of William Perry Pendley to lead the Bureau of Land Management, despite Pendley’s support “for selling off almost all public lands.” 

“Before the coronavirus, the Bullock/Cooney administration built a resilient economy, sturdy enough to weather this current crisis and emerge stronger on the other side,” said MDP Deputy Communications Director Matt Fidel. “Greg Gianforte’s out-of-touch positions on the social safety net, health care, and public lands threaten to undermine Montana’s economic progress, just when we can least afford it. As Montana’s next Governor, Mike Cooney will create good-paying jobs, not outsource them.”
 

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