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Corey Stapleton has sponsored the most important Otter Creek Coal development legislation in Montana history. The full development and economic expansion provided by the 533 million tons of southeast Montana's state-owned coal will boost Montana revenues more than a billion dollars. His legislation in 2001 (SB510) and 2003 (SB409) directed monies to be spent assessing and inventorying Otter Creek, and encouraging that future lease revenue from Otter Creek be used for the direct funding of K-12 schools and higher education. Corey has spent the past decade leading the charge for expanding our economy through the increased development of our agriculture, oil, gas, coal, and renewable energies.

Corey has been passionate about expanding Montana's medical industry. In 2005, he attempted to create a medical school in Montana (SB273) which would've increased the quality of care and number of doctors available to the small towns of rural Montana, and reduce our dependence on other states for the provision of our medical, research and higher education needs. He believes we should be investing in our research, technologies, and workforces. We need a governor who knows how to lead the conversations which unify the public and private enterprises of healthcare. Corey believes we can develop better healthcare delivery systems which are safer, less expensive, and more tax efficient.

Knowledge is Power. We live in the Information Age, and those who don't continually strive to learn will struggle to understand our world and make a decent living. "Education' means something different to everyone, but we can all agree that expanding our economy and sustaining that progress is dependent on our children and their ability to compete in a global economy. Corey sponsored legislation proposing teacher signing-bonuses in Montana and employment incentives for small businesses that hire Montana college graduates. Corey will work tirelessly for the new and existing small businesses of Montana. He received the Guardian of Small Business award from the National Federation of Small Business in 2004.


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