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With the passing of the tax reform bill many hard-working Montana families will begin seeing larger paychecks starting in February, with their tax bill cut in half. It eliminates loopholes for the wealthy. And yet, many just want to say that it is going to benefit the billionaires?

Our governor is telling us the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is no longer in the bill when in fact on Oct. 30, 2017, the House passed a bill to reauthorize CHIP for five years. Along with 350 of 450 bills that Congress has already passed, CHIP is stalled in the Senate.

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines just fought hard for Main Street businesses, with 68 percent of Montana’s jobs created by them, and he won! There is great dignity of work, pride of a paycheck and satisfaction of a job well done.

U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte just got his first solely sponsored bill approved, a pilot program of telecommuting as a way to boost Montana’s economy and helping our families stay together.

The corporate rate dropped, businesses will move to, stay in and hire in America, boosting our economy, restoring hope to our struggling rural communities. We are Montana proud and the future belongs to us!

Patricia Earnest,


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