We must push for environmentally responsible development of our natural resources to grow energy and good jobs.
In the next few years, the average age of Montana residents will become the highest in the nation. Not only will we gain a higher percentage of residents over 65 years of age, and a lower percent under 18 years, but we are going to see much different demands in the work force. We'll have to be aggressive in training Montana workers, and in attracting the right kind of employees to move here from out-of-state, such as those native Montanans who may have left the state in recent years when jobs were not so plentiful here.
We need to make it easier for companies who want to add jobs, to start up and expand. We should look at how we can streamline permitting for building projects, to limit red tape and frivolous litigation delays.
Taylor does not support "Right to Work" Laws in Montana. Our state has enjoyed a healthy balance between Union and non-Union workers, and it would be counterproductive now to undermine that balance. Labor laws are generally suitable the way they are. Our status as a Union Shop state has worked satisfactorily over the years, giving Union Members a fair place at the table. Business needs to be profitable, but it can't accomplish that without a productive labor force.