I'm puzzled by Montana voters' failure to vote in their best interests year after year. A little history should serve to assist in understanding my premise. Marc Racicot was governor of Montana from 1993 to 2001. Dennis Rehberg was Racicot's lieutenant governor until 1997. Rehberg left the Racicot administration to be one of the most ineffectual members of the worst House of Representatives in history. The Senate-passed Farm Bill, now stalled in the House while Montana burns in a drought, is a case in point. Remember Rick Hill? He arrived on the scene with Racicot as his finance director, chief lobbyist for a sales tax and legislative liaison. When Racicot became governor, Montana enjoyed some of the lowest utility rates in the nation.
All of these people pushed for and Racicot signed into law the disastrous deregulation of Montana's utility sector. The consequence of this deregulation was Montana went from enjoying one of the lowest utility rates in the nation to one of the highest. Montana Power Company followed by filing for bankruptcy and then disappearing altogether.
Now Gov. Brian Schweitzer is ending his eight-year administration with unemployment under 7 percent and with an end fund balance of over $450 million. Montana is in good economic shape thanks to his leadership. Vote your best interests this November, vote Democratic, and vote Jon Tester for Senate and Steve Bullock for governor.
Terry J. Hanson