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As 2021 Montana Legislature Comes to A Close, Gianforte Commends GOP's Work

Greg Gianforte speaks at a podium bearing the Montana state seal and a poster for his Montana Comeback Plan.
Kevin Trevellyan
Yellowstone Public Radio
Gov. Greg Gianforte holds a press conference at the Montana Capitol on April 30, 2021.

Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte is touting the Montana Legislature’s success advancing a conservative agenda. Lawmakers gaveled out of the 2021 session Thursday.

Gianforte praised the work of GOP legislative leaders supporting pro-economic growth, pro-jobs policies and passing what he called a fiscally-conservative state budget.

“Ultimately we’re creating an environment where Montana is more competitive. Where businesses can grow, thrive and create more good-paying Montana jobs,” Gianforte says.

Republicans passed a suite of tax bills that party leaders say will provide $120 million of tax cuts for Montanans. Democrats say the cuts do more for wealthier residents than those on low or middle incomes.

Gianforte also highlighted a range of social policies passed this session, including bills that expand concealed carry rights, limit abortion access and ban sanctuary cities.

The full scope of the Legislature’s work will become more clear in coming days as Gianforte signs and vetoes bills.

Kevin Trevellyan is Yellowstone Public Radio's Report for America statehouse reporter.