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Gianforte makes TF campaign stop


Shana Neesvig

REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR CANDIDATE Greg Gianforte (left) and running mate Kristen Juras met with residents and local politicians at Minnie's Cafe in Thompson Falls on Tuesday.

It was a quick visit in Thompson Falls for gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte and his running mate Kristen Juras, after visiting Kalispell and Libby, on their way to Polson, as they shared their vision and plan for Montana if elected to office.

Gianforte and Juras met Tuesday afternoon with a crowd of about a dozen people at Minnie's Cafe.

The Montana Comeback Tour, they called their travels, as they believe they have the plan that will get "Montana open for business," both Gianforte and Juras commented multiple times throughout the half-hour visit. "We need to get Montana open for business while protecting Montanan way of life," Gianforte stated.

How he does this is outlined in his Montana Comeback Plan. He addresses how he plans to boost the economy, change how Helena does business, increase access to affordable, high-quality healthcare and protect Montana families and communities.

Of everything, Gianforte feels getting the economy up and running is most important. He plans to do this by focusing on individual management and leaving less to government mandates. He feels there is excessive regulations on small businesses, and that is harmful to their success. A more streamlined approach to management and overall processes is a goal of his. In addition, he feels the economy will benefit from lower taxes overall and simplification of business equipment tax.

As we find healthcare more necessary than ever in rural Montana, "access to quality healthcare is critical," he addressed. "Without healthcare in rural communities, people cannot live there." He plans to lower the cost of healthcare, protect those with pre-existing conditions, preserve rural access to care, improve mental health care and provide a "safety net" for the most vulnerable.

Gianforte said before he developed the Montana Comeback Plan, he visited the front lines of every corner of the state and listened to what he was told. He said feels by taking the priorities of Montanans, he can, with his plan, allow Montana to achieve its full potential.


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