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Governor's Office Strategic Objectives

THE VISION

Montana's families deserve an unsurpassed quality of life -- better paying jobs, fair taxes, a 21st century education system and safe and healthy communities.  We will add value to the State of Montana by utilizing our skills, and we resolve to be the best at producing, procuring, marketing and managing our state’s assets, services and finances.

To achieve this vision, we have outlined the following strategic objectives:

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

  1. STRENGTHEN OUR ECONOMY - Grow and diversify Montana’s economy in order to enhance the quality of life of Montana’s citizens.

  2. TAX REFORM - Continually improve Montana’s tax structure in order to make it competitive and simple, to protect Montana families from unfair and burdensome taxes and to ensure that revenues are sufficient to provide vital government services.

  3. EDUCATION - Partner with the education and business communities, and families, to address policy issues including the provision of stable, on-going revenue for education.

  4. RESPONSIBLE, ACCOUNTABLE GOVERNMENT - Further streamline and increase responsiveness of services delivered by government agencies and employees to the public while minimizing costs and maximizing effectiveness.

  5. SAFE, HEALTHY COMMUNITIES - Work with families, communities, providers and governmental agencies to promote policy changes that improve access to affordable healthcare and enhance the safety of Montanans through innovative ideas and programs.

1. STRENGTHEN OUR ECONOMY - Grow and diversify Montana’s economy in order to enhance the quality of life of Montana’s citizens.

Build, enhance and expand Montana’s agricultural industry and maximize returns:

Build upon and strengthen Montana’s market position as a travel destination (business and recreation) for national and international visitors:

Support those businesses that responsibly develop Montana’s resource base while protecting the environment and our citizens and creating good-paying jobs:

Increase the rate of public and private investment in innovative technology and industrial modernization utilized by Montana enterprises:

Encourage the development of new generation power facilities to meet energy demands and add value to our natural resource businesses:

Ensure the availability of affordable and reliable energy for all residential and business customers:

Sustain and improve Montana’s infrastructure, including transportation and public works, to remove any physical obstacles to economic growth.

Expand economic development opportunities on Montana’s seven reservations in partnership with Tribal Governments and the Federal Government.

Continue to reform the Department of Commerce to strengthen and simplify economic development functions to ensure all economic development efforts provide a strong return on investment.

Use industry clusters (based on key regional industries) to assess viable, long-term economic opportunity and develop strategies to grow and/or attract existing and newly targeted business sectors.

Encourage continued development of Montana’s health care industry and creation of health care jobs and services.

Identify opportunities to expand low-income housing options and availability.

2. TAX REFORM – Continually improve Montana’s tax structure in order to make it competitive and simple, to protect Montana families from unfair and burdensome taxes and to ensure that revenues are sufficient to provide vital government services.

Reform Montana’s tax structure to make it competitive and simple:

Protect Montana’s families from unfair and burdensome taxes:

Ensure revenues are sufficient to provide vital government services:

3.  EDUCATION – Partner with the education and business communities, and families, to address policy issues including the provision of stable, on-going revenue for education.

Work with Montana citizens and constituent groups on all options available for reconfiguring the school funding formula:

Support enhancements to Montana’s education environment to ensure that all Montanans have access to high quality K-16 education:

Expand efforts to attract, train and retain a committed education workforce:

Develop strong linkages between economic development and improved educational opportunities for Montana’s citizens and potential new residents:

Provide our citizens with access to job opportunities and educational choices that allow them to advance their skills and improve their earnings in their regional labor markets:

4.  RESPONSIBLE, ACCOUNTABLE GOVERNMENT – Further streamline and increase responsiveness of services delivered by government agencies and employees to the public while minimizing costs and maximizing effectiveness.

Encourage environmental stewardship while providing a timely response from government entities regarding licensing and permitting processes, recognizing that development of natural resources and a clean environment are not mutually exclusive:

Maintain a structurally balanced budget:

Define and strengthen interaction between the Governor’s Office and the Cabinet to enhance mutual attainment of strategic goals:

Enhance governmental/citizen interactions:

Build and expand relationships between the State and Tribal Governments:

Increase government efficiency through the use of appropriate technology and maximize return on taxpayer dollars spent on information technology:

5. SAFE, HEALTHY COMMUNITIES – Work with families, communities, providers and governmental agencies to promote policy changes that improve access to affordable healthcare and enhance the safety of Montanans through innovative ideas and programs

Strive for access to affordable, quality health care for all Montanans:

Support public and private programs that promote public health and safety for Montana’s most vulnerable citizens and help Montanans move out of poverty.

Homeland Security:

Implement constructive policy changes to stabilize correctional population and reduce recidivism.


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