In order to create more jobs we must tear down the barriers to entrepreneurism and economic growth.
Almost everyone agrees that a job is better than some trinket handout. yet for years we have pursued tax and regulatory policies that seem perversely designed to discourage economic growth and reduce entrepreneurial opportunities. Someone starting a business today needs a battery of lawyers just to comply with the myriad of government regulations from a virtual alphabet soup of government agencies: OSHA, EPA, FTC, CPSC etc. Zoning and occupational licensing laws are particularly damaging to the type of small businesses that may help people work their way out of poverty.
We must minimalize the vast sea of regulations and taxes that are steadily cutting the bottom rungs off the economic ladder.
I am working on a detailed job creating policy. Not just the fluff we have been being given. This plan will include everything from someone wanting to set up something as simple as a lemonaid stand or a small garage operation to produce things without government interference and over regulation all the way up to our largest businesses. This plan will give details not just on what we need to do, but also why and how it can effect even the smallest of us. In this plan will be included how it will effect us as far as funds avail. to the state, and how some of the plans will bennefit the environment and our health.
My plan as is taking form right now include but not limited to by any means:
1) Medical Cannabis - Many honest jobs have been created here and will continue to provide new employment. This also effects other businesses such as rental property, supplies and equipment, utilities and so on.
a) There has been a thought passed to me which is a good one to work on developing. It includes a pick up service for the medical growers for the disposable parts of their operations. This aspect has many possitive areas.
2) A stronger push into the hemp market for oils, food and fibers.
3) Better timbering - we need to look at
a) the funds the state will recieve (more funding with less taxes)
b) better managed woodlands for superior growth and better habitat for wild life
c) better fire control and prevention (millions of dollars saved here)
d) mills opening back up
e) value added products - use our timber for market ready items, not sent out
of state for finishing work.
f) less pollution in the air from massive wild fires, this is better for the
environment and our health.
4) The development of stronger alternative power (to be kept in Montana)
we should not be buying power from outside sources.
5) Encouraging ranchers to diversify and have operations which consist of something more than a cow or hay.
6) Developing co-ops, giving small operations a chance to pool their products and be able to compete in the market place.
As mentioned this is just a brief sampling of what I am in the process of developing.
I am always interested in the input of others. That is how we will survive and grow. All ideas sent will be looked at and taken seriously.