Democratic Legislative Leaders Visit Park County on 2018 Legislative Leadership Tour

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Democratic Leaders Visited With Small Business Owners, Working Families, and Local Government Officials

Livingston—Today, Democratic legislative leaders visited Livingston and Pray on their annual Legislative Leadership Tour. Senate Democratic Leader Jon Sesso and House Democratic Leader Jenny Eck were hosted by Park County and Livingston City leaders for a roundtable discussion on the importance of smart investments in local infrastructure. Then, Leaders Sesso and Eck toured Chico Hot Springs and discussed ways the legislature can support Montana’s $4.7 billion outdoor recreation economy.

“With more visitors than ever last year, Montana’s outdoor recreation economy is booming,” said Jon Sesso, Senate Democratic Leader. “But as the outdoor economy continues to grow, we need to make sure that our legislature provides the resources our communities and small businesses need to thrive now and into the future. That’s why Democrats will keep fighting tooth and nail to protect our public lands and finally pass an infrastructure package in 2019.”

Leaders Sesso and Eck and Rep. Laurie Bishop (D-Livingston) were hosted by local Park County and Livingston city officials for a roundtable discussion on much-needed local infrastructure investments. Park County Commissioner Bill Berg, Park County Finance Director Ericka Strickland, and Livingston City Manager Mike Kardoes spoke with the Democratic legislators about the importance of helping Park County and similar communities handle the large influx of tourists who drive economic growth each summer but who also put strains on local infrastructure and services.

In the afternoon, Leaders Sesso and Eck and Rep. Bishop traveled to Pray, where they were given a tour of Chico Hot Springs by owner Colin Davis. Afterward, Davis led a conversation about the ways that the legislature can continue to support Montana’s outdoor recreation economy, which drew a record 12.4 million visitors last year and contributed $4.7 billion to Montana’s economy.

The Democratic legislators ended the day by knocking doors in Livingston for Rep. Bishop and Senate candidate and Sweetwater Travel Founder Dan Vermillion.

Tomorrow the 2018 Legislative Leadership Tour will continue in Billings, followed by stops in Miles City and Bozeman.

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