Montana is leading the nation in manufacturing job growth and we need to continue this momentum. I serve on the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center Board whose job is to make sure that our small innovators in Montana have the tools and resources to compete globally. One of the biggest challenges that our growing manufacturers face is a lack of a ready and skilled work force. Therefore, I’m carrying legislation that would promote more hands on job training in our high schools so our kids are ready to walk into high paying jobs right after graduation. We will also work to support strong wages in our state’s agricultural economy by pushing the White House to go back to the table for the farmers in Montana and re-instate the positive aspects of the TPP. Montana producers are among the best in the world, but they need a level playing field free from punitive tariffs and other unfair trade practices so they can master the global marketplace.