Jobs and Opportunities for a Better State
Priority #1: Job Creation, Business Retention & Development
- Reorganization of the Department of Commerce to remove barriers for business growth
- Reduction of the regulatory burden on businesses
- Focus on job creation, business retention, expansion and recruitment
- Community-based economic planning
- Access to capital for business startup and expansion
Priority #2: Telecommunications, Infrastructure & Natural Resources
- Prioritize high tech and telecommunications development
- Advancement of e-commerce and wireless technologies
- Electronic promotion of Montana-made goods and services
- Visionary transportation plans emphasizing the creation of economic corridors
- Prioritization of community infrastructure needs
- Continued promotion of Vision 2005
- Trade promotion and commodities marketing
- Fair, balanced and responsible use of Montana's natural resources
Priority #3: Tax Reform
- Elimination of the income tax for low income wage earners
- Across -the-board reductions in income taxes
- Grace period for property tax due dates
- Continued emphasis on elimination of the business equipment tax
- Implementation of Tax Incentives for Workforce Training
- High tech tax credits
Priority #4: Education
- Increased teacher pay
- Promoting student and teacher accountability
- Promoting vocational education
- High tech career preparation
Forming Partnerships, Building Bridges
Priority #1: Increasing Educational Resources and Teacher Development
- The Martz 3-Rs - Recruiting, Retaining and Rewarding excellence
- Loan Forgiveness - Administered by the Board of Education to eliminate student loans for Montana-educated certified teachers who will stay in Montana to teach for seven years.
- Rewrite school funding laws - To give greater flexibility to school districts to pay teachers better.
- Stipends for national board certification - Increased funding to allow more teachers to receive national board certification.
- Merit pay plan - Partner with teachers, parents and administrators to implement merit pay plans designed by individual teachers with their administrators -- for excellent teachers.
Priority #2: Excellence in Schools
- Mentor programs - Self-enhancement programs designed to make help students make better choices and enhance their learning opportunities.
- Community partnerships - Working with community leaders, businessmen and women, clergy and law enforcement to shape the lives of our children.
- Local control - Giving school boards more decision-making authority and making resources available to meet standards.
- Assistance for native Montanans - Helping tribal leaders determine school priorities and craft strategies for long term funding to meet the needs on our reservations.
Priority #3: Safe Learning and Teaching Environments
- Teachers control classrooms - Giving teachers the ability to remove disruptive students who hinder learning.
- Violence prevention - Establishing school watch programs and law-enforcement certified safe houses for children in danger.
Priority #4: Character Education
- Character education curriculum - Helping parents play a greater role in their children's social development by teaching values like respect, honor and citizenship.
- Expanding curricula - Helping schools make learning more fun and more diverse with foreign language, music, arts and computer instruction more available to students.
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