Governor Greg Gianforte marked the one-year anniversary of his inauguration as chief executive of the state with a speech and press conference from his office in Helena.
He recalled the day he was sworn in and described some of his accomplishments during his first 365 days as governor.
“Some of you were here with us 365 days ago,” Gianforte began. “A year ago today, I stood in this room and took a solemn oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States and Montana. With an exceptional team assembled, we rolled up our sleeves and got to work. Our goal was and still is to get our economy going, change the way Helena does business, and protect our way of life in Montana, and we’ve made great strides.
Gianforte looked back on the recent legislative session and recalled some of the bills he helped pass.
“Together with the legislature, we enacted one of the biggest tax cuts in history, as well as the repeal of unnecessary and cumbersome regulations,” he said. “We have invested in our teachers, which makes it easier for new teachers to stay in Montana or return home. We have given low income seniors and Montana residents property tax relief. We’ve strengthened Montana’s freedoms from our First and Second Amendment rights, which don’t end at the door of college, to our most basic right, and that is our right to life.
Gianforte also reviewed the policies adopted during the COVID 19 pandemic in Montana.
“COVID-19 remains a concern, but we are not in the same place as a year ago,” he said. “We now have additional tools at our disposal, including expanded vaccines and new treatments to prevent serious health problems and help treat Montanians who are infected. And because of the tools at the disposal of the Montanese and our success in using them, I firmly believe that the state does not need to exercise emergency powers. “
Emerging from the depths of the pandemic, Gianforte said Montana has paved the way for getting people back to work.
“We were also the first state in the country to end federal supplemental unemployment benefits and launch a back-to-work bonus program,” he said. “We encouraged work instead of unemployment, and his work. We have recovered all the jobs lost since the start of the pandemic. Since last January, our unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest ever recorded in the state of Montana. “
At the end of his prepared remarks, Gianforte simply said, “My message today is the same that I have shared with the State over the past year; we’re just getting started.
Gianforte then responded to questions about affordable housing, the distribution of COVID tests and the availability of new COVID treatments statewide.