Trump’s top staffer highlights Montana’s economy in Billings


He was a top executive for President Donald Trump and also served as Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff. Now Marc Short is the head of the Coalition to Protect American Workers.

Short joined Montana Governor Greg Gianforte (R-MT), Todd O’Hair of the Montana Chamber of Commerce and John Youngberg of the Montana Farm Bureau Federation for a forum at C&B Operations in Billings. C&B is a John Deere farm equipment dealership in Billings, with several other locations throughout Montana.

I caught up with Marc Short, who served as the White House’s director of legislative affairs, after the event.

One line during the forum that stuck with me was when Youngberg talked about how 370 million acres of land will be transferred over the next 40 years. Youngberg emphasized how we here in Montana want these lands to remain family farms and ranches.

Marc Short: One of the provisions of this terrible Build Back Better bill, which is said to have been pushed by President Biden and President Pelosi and in fact supported by Jon Tester, is that it would have really had an impact on farms family. They had a provision that would have eliminated the accelerated basis, it would have created a huge capital gains impact for people trying to pass family farms on to the next generation. And you’re right, we want to keep them in families. We want to keep them here at home.

What message should the people of Montana send to Liberal Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT)?

Marc Short: The last thing America needs is higher taxes and huge new spending that will only add to the inflationary pressures that Americans feel every day at the gas pump or at the grocery store. So the only thing that would help is for Jon Tester to hear from Montana voters, it’s just stop. Stop spending, allow the economy to recover, but don’t do things that will only make things worse with additional spending or potentially threatening tax increases as you emerge from a pandemic.

Marc Short also explained how the Build Back Better bill is better called “Build Back Beijing”, since most of the electric batteries for vehicles come from China. Check out the full audio to learn more about this conversation.

Governor Gianforte also highlighted the tax cuts he signed into law during his first legislative session as governor. He talked about reducing the income tax rate that most Montana residents pay. Next session he wants to bring it down below 6%, and possibly below 5% to be more competitive in our region.

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