One of Jon’s top priorities in the Senate is to help create jobs for Montanans, and to retain the ones we already have.
After learning that the federal government was awarding contracts to out-of-state construction companies, Jon put together his first Small Business Opportunity Workshop. The workshop connected Montana companies with better resources — which helped create more Montana jobs. Since then, Jon has expanded these workshops across the state, with thousands of Montana companies and individuals taking part.
To date, Jon has held 14 workshops across the state to strengthen Montana businesses.
Jon is a small business owner himself, and he knows that keeping small businesses growing is the key to a thriving economy.
Thanks in part to Jon’s efforts, small businesses across the nation have seen their tax burden cut by billions, and access to private capital increase — all without adding to the national debt. And he supported a payroll tax holiday, which allowed businesses to hire unemployed workers and write off expenditures.
Jon believes that a critical step toward keeping jobs in Montana is keeping jobs here in America. That’s why Jon has always supported ending tax incentives that make it easier for corporations to send jobs overseas.
And because fulfilling America’s promise to our military veterans is a sacred trust to Jon, he authored the VOW to Hire Heroes Act — designed to improve private-sector hiring of veterans.
From his seat on the influential Appropriations Committee, Jon has successfully fought to create jobs in Montana communities by investing in physical infrastructure, public safety, and research and development projects. Some examples of those projects include Billings’ Bench Boulevard and the Kalispell bypass, the Custer Avenue Interchange in Helena, and Black Eagle Road in Great Falls.
Jon also supports a responsibly-built Keystone XL Pipeline, which would create jobs and provide greater energy security to the United States.
All of Jon’s best ideas to boost jobs come directly from Montanans. Measures like Jon’s landmark Forest Jobs and Recreation Act — which would put folks back to work in the woods on large-scale forest restoration projects — are Montana-made solutions that he has championed in the Senate.