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Last week, the Yellowstone County Commission approved giving away nearly 42,000 square feet of land to an out-of-state company which pays its workers less than half of Montana's prevailing wage for similar work. Rather than selling the property to Bay Ltd., as it had the right to do (and as the city does in similar situations), the commission instead gifted publicly owned land to Bay.

It seems to me there are two big problems here. First, as a taxpayer, I don't understand why the county would give up this easy opportunity to increase revenue at a cost to no one in Montana. While Montanans worry over monthly bills, the county gives away money without a second thought. Second, the commission is supporting a business which pays employees half of what they could get with another employer in the area. If we're going to give gifts to companies, it seems to me they should at least go to the ones with a sense of local responsibility.

We elect the county commission to represent the interests of everyone in Yellowstone County. Who are they representing with this decision?

Henry Cellmer

Business Manager

Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 30

Billings

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