BUSINESS ALLIES PROGRAM
Recently, out-of-state environmental groups have launched a new initiative aimed at recruiting Montana businesses to oppose coal development in Montana. They claim that expanding coal development in Montana would hurt other industries—in fact the opposite is true. Utilizing our natural resource wealth will grow all sectors of our economy, provide improved infrastructure that is accessible to all industries, and expand our tax base.
We’re asking all Montana businesses to stand against divisive efforts of out-of-state environmental groups. You can show your support by becoming one of our Business Allies.
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IMPROVING MONTANA’S INFRASTRUCTURE & ENSURING ACCESS TO EMERGING MARKETS
We need to work together to ensure that Montana products and commodities can reach the markets that want them. Efforts by environmentalists to restrict transportation in Montana and stop expansion of Pacific Coast ports are aimed at Montana’s coal industry, but they also have a negative impact on every other industry in Montana that exports its products. We need to stand together to ensure that Montanans have access to the markets with growing demand.
In addition, the export of Montana coal could lead to significant upgrades in Montana’s transportation infrastructure; improvements that will be paid for by new revenues stemming from coal production. The transportation improvements will provide better access to all industries that utilize rail traffic in Montana.
GROWING MONTANA’S ECONOMY & CREATING JOBS
Expanding Montana’s coal production even a modest amount would have a large impact on economic growth and job creation in Montana. Three recent studies, one by the Montana Department of Transportation and two others by the UM Bureau of Business & Economic Research, show that increasing coal production would lead to thousands of permanent, high-wage jobs. The studies show that in addition to job growth in mining, new jobs would be created throughout the state in a number of sectors, most notably transportation and services. The influx of new jobs would have a significant impact on Montana’s population.
EXPANDING MONTANA’S TAX BASE
Expanding coal production in Montana could lead to billions in new tax revenue for state and local governments through royalty payments, property and income taxes. The influx of new revenue would be used to cut taxes for homeowners and business, and provide funding for education and infrastructure projects.
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