HELENA — Greg Gianforte was sworn in as Montana’s twenty fifth governor in Helena on Monday morning.
Earlier than successful the governor’s workplace, Gianforte represented Montana within the U.S. Home and co-founded a profitable software program improvement firm in Bozeman.
Gianforte ran on his enterprise expertise and stated he’ll use these expertise to spice up the state economic system and its traditionally low wages. He advised MTN his prime precedence might be serving to Montanans and the state’s economic system get better from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Final week he stated he expects to announce new pointers for combating the coronavirus and indicated he might chill out a number of the restrictions put in place by the earlier administration this week.
Gianforte is Montana’s first Republican governor in 16 years and has robust GOP majorities within the Montana Home and Senate.
When requested about legislative priorities, Gianforte stated he’ll be targeted on his Montana “comeback plan,” a 12-page define of wide-ranging insurance policies that emphasize enterprise improvement within the state and monetary and social conservatism.
Learn the governor’s inaugural handle beneath:
To my spouse, Susan, our sons, our daughter, and our complete household.
Your love, encouragement and assist are the only causes I’m standing right here at the moment.
From the underside of my coronary heart, thanks, and I like you.
I’m proud to be sworn in at the moment alongside Montana’s new lieutenant governor, Kristen Juras.
She has been greater than a working mate. I take into account her a buddy.
She might be my accomplice within the governor’s workplace, and I’m proud to serve together with her.
To Governor Bullock, thanks to your cooperation through the transition and to your years of service to our state.
To Choose Knisely, thanks for touring right here at the moment to manage the oath of workplace.
Since 2010, you’ve got constructed a profitable remedy court docket that helps individuals struggling with drug and alcohol addictions rebuild their lives and develop into productive members of our communities.
We sit up for constructing upon your excellent work in Yellowstone County, making certain these struggling with habit all through the state get the type of remedy applications they want.
To Speaker Hertz, thanks for main this ceremony and to your years of service within the Montana Home of Representatives. The Senate is healthier for having you in it.
Most significantly, although, I wish to thank Montanans from each nook of our state. You got here collectively and turned out in document numbers to solid your ballots and make your voices heard.
I’ve been humbled by the outpouring of assist I’ve obtained from Montanans of all political stripes. Montanans who’re united by the concept that we will work collectively to appreciate Montana’s full and excellent potential.
With you on the entrance of my thoughts and with a servant’s coronary heart, I’ll work towards creating higher alternatives for all Montanans.
I take the oath of workplace at the moment, ready to imagine the duties you’ve got entrusted with me with humility and a deep, abiding sense of responsibility.
I take the oath of workplace at the moment, ready to guide Montana’s comeback with the robust mandate you offered us – the biggest margin for a first-term governor in a century.
I take the oath of workplace at the moment with household on this nice room and with Montanans all through our nice state.
With the grave challenges of the final 12 months, Montanans have needed to make sacrifices and do issues in a different way.
You will have modified the way you have fun holidays with your loved ones, scaled down marriage ceremony ceremonies, and postponed a lot of your long-standing plans.
This inauguration ceremony is not any completely different. There aren’t any massive crowds on the Capitol grounds. There aren’t any celebrations.
It was necessary for me to do what you’ve got needed to do – do issues in a different way than now we have earlier than.
The grave challenges of the final 12 months – the COVID-19 pandemic and its financial fallout – have left no Montanan untouched.
And allow us to not overlook the almost 1,000 Montanans who this virus has taken from us.
And but, all through the grave challenges of the final 12 months, now we have seen new heroes emerge.
Well being care staff on the entrance line who take care of sufferers, usually quarantining themselves from their households to maintain them protected and wholesome.
First responders who’ve encountered extra cries for assist – from higher drug use to elevated instances of home violence to an increase in baby abuse – because of a pandemic-induced isolation.
Dad and mom who’ve needed to steadiness working their jobs — to pay their mortgage and put meals on the desk — with caring for their youngsters who’re at residence as a result of colleges and day care facilities have been shut down.
Educators who’ve needed to change completely how they educate our youngsters – shifting from in entrance of a classroom to in entrance of a pc display screen.
Truckers who’ve stored our provide chains shifting.
Grocery retailer clerks who’ve stored our cabinets stocked.
The record goes on.
However what the final 12 months has proven us all is that Montanans step up when disaster calls. Neighbors assist neighbors.
And it’s that resiliency that offers me hope and optimism.
I’m assured, with vaccines and elevated testing, we are going to get a greater deal with on our response to COVID-19.
I’m assured our economic system will rebound.
I’m assured Montanans will get again to work in good-paying jobs.
I’m assured we are going to get better.
I’m assured that Montana will make our comeback.
At this time’s inauguration units a brand new course for Montana.
At this time marks a brand new chapter in our historical past.
At this time marks a brand new starting for Montanans all through our state, as a result of the chances are as huge and our potential as boundless as our skies.
I’m honored and humbled to face earlier than you right here at the moment because the twenty fifth governor of the nice state of Montana.
I stay devoted at the moment, simply as I used to be yesterday and the day earlier than that, to guide Montana’s comeback — rising alternatives right here in Montana, bringing the American dream into nearer attain for extra Montanans, and selling higher prosperity in each nook of our state.
I would like you to know that the whole lot we do might be guided by our core rules.
First: Financial progress and extra good-paying Montana jobs.
Montana has excellent potential, however we haven’t been residing as much as it.
It’s one cause our youngsters and grandkids have develop into our largest, and in the end our costliest, export.
Now we have a robust workforce because of our schooling system – from our public colleges to our trades schooling to our college system.
We should proceed to empower our college students and staff with accessible, inexpensive coaching and schooling.
Now we have two key components which can be the envy of different states.
One, Montanans have a robust work ethic.
And two, we take pleasure in an excellent high quality of life, notably with our public lands and entry to out of doors recreation and journey.
The environment for small companies, nevertheless, should enhance.
I’m dedicated to creating Montana extra aggressive by decreasing taxes, slicing pointless purple tape, and enhancing our infrastructure.
At this time, let me say loudly and clearly to job creators, entrepreneurs, and enterprise house owners in our state and past: Montana is open for enterprise.
Second: Fiscal duty.
For too lengthy, state spending has grown uncontrolled as taxpayers ship extra money to Helena. Its urge for food has been insatiable.
We should present important companies whereas residing inside our means and offering a lot wanted tax aid to hardworking Montanans.
We have to be higher stewards of taxpayer cash, and we should run our state authorities extra effectively.
We should change how state authorities does enterprise.
We should make it extra responsive and emphasize offering a greater customer support expertise to residents.
We should additionally get state authorities off our backs and get its arms out of our pockets, in order that we will get our economic system going once more, get Montana open for enterprise, and get Montanans again to work in good-paying jobs.
Fourth: Defending our lifestyle.
We should shield our communities and our households, notably from crime and the epidemic of drug habit that has touched too many Montanans.
We should shield our public lands, conserving them and rising entry to them for generations to come back.
We should shield the rights enshrined in our structure.
Finally, we do this stuff to guard our lifestyle for future generations.
Whereas these core rules will information me, I firmly consider there may be extra that unites us than divides us.
That is notably true of Montanans. Historical past bears that out.
That’s why I sit up for working with anybody – Democrat, Republican, or impartial – who has a good suggestion.
As a result of I see Montana’s excellent potential.
I see it in hardened arms and heat hearts of hardworking Montanans.
I see it within the smiles and hopefulness of our youngsters.
I see it within the charity and goodwill of our neighbors.
I see it within the splendor of our landscapes.
Now we have a possibility to assist Montana notice our full potential.
We should seize this chance and act.
To take action would require management. However nobody chief can do that alone. It is going to require all of us to work collectively.
Girls and gents, let’s work collectively to assist Montana notice our full, excellent potential.
As a result of collectively we will change Montana for the higher. And collectively we are going to.
At this time, we replicate on the final 12 months. We start this endeavor, this new chapter for Montana. And we search steerage.
Our Founders understood the significance of searching for Windfall.
In 1789, Congress requested President George Washington “suggest to the Folks of america a day of public thanks-giving and prayer to be noticed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the numerous sign favors of Almighty God, particularly by affording them a possibility peaceably to determine a type of authorities for his or her security and happiness.”
That October, in his first 12 months as the primary president of our fledgling nation, Washington established Thanksgiving, writing, “it’s the responsibility of all Nations to acknowledge the windfall of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be glad about his advantages, and humbly to implore his safety and favor.”
At this time, I maintain his sensible phrases intently.
I hope you’ll be a part of me in preserving our state and our nation in our prayers.
Thanks, God bless you, and will God bless the nice state of Montana.