Helena – On national television this weekend, wealthy East Coast developer Matt Rosendale came out strongly in favor of the White House’s trade policies, which are causing a trade war and include tariffs that are negatively impacting Montana’s farmers, ranchers, and small businesses. Rosendale called the trade war good policy, said he “feels the same way as the president does,” and that Montanans will benefit from the trade war.
But actual Montanans say the trade war is already increasing costs and they expect to see a loss of millions of dollars in wheat sales, higher costs for construction, and increased prices for things like grain bins and steel products.
U.S. manufacturers and producers say nothing good can come from a trade war and that they will be forced to pass on the cost to the consumer. And the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is calling U.S.-imposed tariffs “nothing more than a tax increase on American consumers and businesses” and warns that retaliatory tariffs will cause more expensive goods, lost sales, and job losses in America.
More than 140,000 Montana jobs depend on global trade and nearly $20 million of Montana’s exports are jeopardized by the tariffs Rosendale supports, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Montanans are expressing major concerns about the trade war’s impact on the state—and their livelihoods. Maybe if Rosendale spent some time talking to Montanans about the issue—like Sen. Tester did this week—instead of campaigning, he would realize the impact of the tariffs on Montana’s agricultural community.
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