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Gianforte signs first executive order

By: - January 5, 2021 9:09 pm

Gov. Greg Gianforte

Governor Greg Gianforte has signed his first executive order Tuesday that will launch a review of regulations for every state agency.

Executive Order No. 1-2021 establishes the Red Tape Relief Task Force, which will be led by Lieutenant Governor Kristen Juras and will aim to “identify excessive, outdated, and unnecessary regulations,” according to an email sent out by Gianforte’s office.

“It is in the best interests of Montana citizens and businesses to reduce the regulatory burdens imposed on them whenever and wherever possible…” the order read.

Gianforte ran on a platform that included getting state government off the backs of business owners as a way to grow the economy.

“The message from Montana small business owners, farmers, and ranchers has been loud and clear: unnecessary red tape is out of control, and they need help. Today we’re taking our first steps to provide them with much needed red tape relief, and I’m grateful to Lieutenant Governor Juras for leading the charge,” Gianforte said after signing the executive order, according to an email from his office.

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Keith Schubert
Keith Schubert

Keith Schubert was born and raised in Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2019. He has worked at the St.Paul Pioneer Press, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and most recently, the Asbury Park Press, covering everything from local craft fairs to crime and courts to municipal government to the Minnesota state legislature. In his free time, he enjoys cheering on Wisconsin sports teams and exploring small businesses. Keith is no longer a reporter with the Daily Montanan.