Since 2009, it has been a frequent refrain from the TEApeeps in this fine state that Montana is losing jobs and opportunity to our neighbors. "We are over-taxed", they warn. "We are over-regulated!" they shout. "WE ARE OVERBURDENED" is their lament. "We are rhetorical over-wrought" would be the only true thing they could say, and never will.
Being a denizen of Bozeman, it's been remarkably difficult for me to take such caterwaul at all seriously. As it happens, one shouldn't take the TEApeep's prognostications seriously. Not one bit.
Montana is first in the nation for entrepreneurial start ups. Not Wyoming, not NoDak, not Idaho. We were 17th in 2011. That's quite a jump in a year. If eight years of Schweitzer's bullying and regulatory madness (!) didn't kill opportunity in this state, then it appears we are going to be just fine.