Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, is embarking on a tour through the state to explore the economic impact of Made in Montana job creation and to gauge the harmful effects of overreaching federal regulations.
"The jobs our families need will be Made In Montana, not imported from Washington, D.C.," said Rehberg. "This tour will highlight the best ways the federal government can be leveraged to support private job creation and also show how government overreach can harm job creation across the state. I look forward to talking face-to-face with the men and women who are on the front lines of our economic recovery. I'll take the input I hear back to Washington, D.C. with me to help craft sound policies for the future."
Montana Energy 2012 Conference & Trade Show, Billings
Montana is a warehouse of energy solutions. Rehberg has been a tireless advocate for a true "all-of-the-above" energy policy that invests in alternatives like wind, solar and biomass but also develops traditional energy resources like coal and oil in a safe, environmentally responsible way. In order to harness Made In Montana energy, job creators are currently forced to navigate a hostile maze of federal regulations, endless lawsuits and unreasonable permitting hurdles. To make matters worse, energy taxes like Cap and Trade are literally designed to increase the cost of energy for consumers, and destroy the traditional energy sector of our economy.
Ash Grove Cement, Clancy
Ash Grove is a job-producing firm in Helena that currently employs 79 men and women. Onerous new EPA rules for mercury may have catastrophic economic consequences for cement plants like Ash Grove. Oddly enough, if the EPA is allowed shut down U.S. cement production, particularly in the West, many industry experts believe that production -- and the jobs it supports -- will move to China and mercury deposition into the U.S. will actually increase.
Pacific Steel & Recycling, Helena
This Helena-based company is an Employee-Owned S Corporations of America (ESCA). This unique way of organizing a business encourages employee ownership and a retirement plan that provides workers of a company with retirement savings through investments in their employer's stock. Here, a favorable tax structure can encourage Made In Montana jobs: Rehberg has co-sponsored legislation that supports S corporation ESOPS like Pacific Steel & Recycling.
Montana Refining Company, Great Falls
This Great Falls based company is an operating refinery that produces approximately 10,000 barrels per day of various petroleum products. The active petroleum refinery occupies approximately 56 acres. Despite bolstering the local and state economy, the EPA recently targeted the Montana Refining Company on a list of "worst polluters.'
Zoo Health Club, Havre
This Havre company excels in innovative methods to reduce the cost of health care by utilizing prevention through healthier diet and exercise. Once again, the federal government can play as a minor partner in this Made In Montana effort. As Chairman of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Subcommittee, Rehberg has supported efforts by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), "to promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability."
Agriculture Roundtable, Havre
Agriculture remains Montana's top industry, and as a fifth-generation rancher from Billings, Rehberg is a tireless advocate against half-cocked federal regulations that would undermine an industry already struggling with natural disasters like droughts and floods. For example, a so-called "Youth Ag' rule being advocated by the Department of Labor would make put the family farm at risk by making it virtually impossible to train young Montanans to operate on a farm safely. Similarly, the EPA has been working on a battery of new regulations to impact everything from dust kicked up by farm equipment to expensive certifications for farms aggregate fuel storage over 10,000 gallons.