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Anti-Access Gianforte would hurt Montana’s economy

 

 HELENA- As Montana Republican legislators tabled a bill to prevent the sale and transfer of public lands, Montana outdoorsmen and women are reminded of the harmful economic impacts of the Montana GOP's and Greg Gianforte’s anti-public access agenda.

Montana Republicans in the state legislature blocked SJ 17 that would safeguard Montana's outdoor economy from the reckless scheme of transferring federal lands to the state.

What happened in the Montana Legislature underscores the importance of having a U.S Representative who will prevent the sale of our public land -- not work to block access.

“Montana’s outdoor economy is critical in creating thousands of good paying jobs,” said Nancy Keenan, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party. “Montanans need a voice in the U.S. House who stands with Montana’s sportsmen and women notsomeone like New Jersey millionaire Greg Gianforte whose controversial actions on public land access would hurt Montana’s economy."

Failed candidate for governor, New Jersey millionaire Greg Gianforte has left the door open to transferring federal lands to the state, saying it is just “not attainable” at this time. And has given thousands of dollars to the very groups that have sought to privatize Montana’s national forests, undo stream access laws and sell off public lands.

What is even more egregious is that Gianforte himself filed a lawsuit to eliminate public river access that crossed his property. Montana’s Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks reported that Gianforte “actively excluded the public” from the access site. After months of protests by Montana sportsmen and women against Gianforte, the Outdoor Industry Association endorsed Governor Bullock over Gianforte during the governor’s race.

With the economy at stake, Montanans will certainly question Gianforte's anti-public access actions.

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