President's Message

Floyd Quiram, MLA President

Veterans day has passed, but I feel that it’s important to remember to show our gratitude to all veterans of every generation past and present. I can think of no greater sacrifice or commitment than Service to Country. Let’s all vow to keep in mind those who serve as the holiday seasons approach and throughout the coming year. Whew, I’m certain that we are all relieved that the barrage of mail, phone calls, negative ads and generally miserable campaign cycle is more or less over. As they continue to navigate the presidential election results, we do know at the state level there are a lot of newcomers to Montana offices. With 125 state legislative seats up this cycle, we will see several new faces when the 67th Legislature convenes, in some form, in January 2021. Republican majorities were strengthened in both chambers, picking up one seat in the Senate for a 31-19 majority, as well as netting nine additional seats in the House to achieve a 67-33 supermajority.

As you know, State trust lands are managed by the DNRC Trust Lands Management Division, Montana’s five top elected officials make up the land board.

· Greg Gianforte – will be Governor

· Austin Knudsen will become Montana’s Attorney General,

· Elsie Arntzen was elected to a second term as Superintendent of Public Instruction,

· Troy Downing is Montana’s new Auditor and Commissioner of Securities & Insurance, and

· Christi Jacobsen will be sworn in as Montana’s Secretary of State.

Good luck to all the “victors” … and many thanks to the “losers” for ensuring that democracy prevails. Check out Jason Todhunter’s overview of MLA’s legislative goals for 2021. I’m sure he’ll be sending out regular updates as the session rolls out next year.

It has been one heck of a year for the housing market with lumber prices and demand consistently rising. Most contractors I’ve talked to are as busy as they want to be. It seems like things may be leveling out going into the end of the 4th quarter. But, as always with a change of administration in D.C. one thing is certain more change is inevitable.

Speaking of change…. I regret to announce the cancellation of the MLA’s Christmas reception in December. With the increase in cases of Covid19 in the Flathead Valley and state wide, it did not seem prudent to host a gathering this year. I believe this is the 1st time this event has been cancelled… not the way I expected my term as president would go having to cancel 2 major MLA events in one year! 2021 has got to be better!

As we head into the holiday season Sandy and I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Healthy & Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and prosperous 2021! Be Safe… Our Future is Growing!


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