Great Falls Tribune: Locals discuss speech

President Barack Obama’s primetime speech on jobs and the economy carried significance for business and labor leaders in Great Falls who had high expectations for what he would say Thursday.

“Many businesses in our area are struggling based on the economy,” said Steve Malicott, president of the Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. “One of the things that they’re struggling with is what the future holds.”

Malicott said earlier Thursday that he was hopeful that Obama, who addressed the nationwide jobs crisis in a televised address to a joint session of Congress on Thursday night, would offer proposals that would inject more stability for the local business climate.

“I’m hopeful that he will lessen regulations to make it easier for the private sector to grow their businesses and create more jobs,” Malicott said.

“It’s high time Congress works together to do what’s best for Montana by creating jobs and moving our country forward,” Tester said in a statement.

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