US Senate candidate, Ron Murray talks about Infrastructure in Montana and More.
Montana's roads and bridges need continuous repair. As the 4th largest state, with temperatures ranging from -40 degrees below to over 100 degrees above, with two major Interstates and freight flowing north to south and east to west, our infrastructure takes a beating, and the upkeep takes money. We need to ensure that our highway funds are invested in fiscally sound projects and that budgets and schedules are met. Rules and regulations need to be reviewed and adjusted for efficiency, safety and providing a quality product.
Our world has changed and our communities aren't the same as what we grew up in. Montanans need to be aware that our neighbor's to the north have instituted liberal immigration policies that potentially leaves us open to vulnerabilities. Our northern border is an integral part of our national security and must be monitored and protected for our safety and security.
Montana's official nick-name is the Treasure State, and for good reason! From our incredible landscapes, to the rich ground producing some of the best grains and livestock in the world, to our oil, gas and coal deposits and our mineral resources of palladium, platinum, gold, silver, copper and more, we truly live in the Treasure State! We need to focus on responsible natural resource development, with our neighbors and environment in mind, which can be achieved through cooperation between state and federal agencies and private enterprises. We, as Montana citizens, have so much to offer our great state and country. Through good stewardship and innovation, we can better fund our education system to insure our children carry on the Montana Values that we cherish.
Economic growth and stability is critical to keep our state moving forward. Our economic base needs to be broadened to provide more opportunities for entrepreneurs, college graduates, tradesmen and companies and industries looking to relocate or expand.
Per capita, Montanan's enlist and serve our nation more than any other state in the union. We need strong leadership to make sure our veterans get what they earned and were promised. We need a healthy economic environment to offer employment and business opportunities for our veterans upon return from their enlistments.