Starting momentarily: press briefing with @GregForMontana one week before he's inaugurated. Follow this thread for updates. #mtnews #mtpol
.@GregForMontana says they're prepping for their move into the governor's residence in Helena. One week from today, he will be sworn in. #mtnews #mtpol
.@GregForMontana says they are inviting all Montanans to be part of a virtual swearing in ceremony, which will be live streamed on Facebook. He says rather than invest taxpayer dollars in inauguration related activities, they're going to get straight to work. #mtnews #mtpol
.@GregForMontana says Mike Foster will head up Dept. of Agriculture. He says to expect more cabinet announcements this week. #mtnews #mtpol
.@GregForMontana says the number one issue our state faces right now is the COVID crisis. #mtnews #mtpol
.@GregForMontana says COVID task force has drafted recommendations for how to handle the pandemic. He says he will be reviewing the recommendations this week and will announce new guidance for Montana after he's sworn in. #mtnews #COVID19 #mtpol
.@GregForMontana says he hasn't yet received vaccine, but will get it when he is called. He says he chooses to wear a mask and encourages others to do the same. "With freedom comes responsibility to those around us. I trust Montanans to do what's right." #mtnews #COVID19 #mtpol
On COVID, @GregForMontana again says he will be receiving his task force's recommendations this week. He points to precipitous drop in cases, which he calls encouraging. #mtnews #COVID19 #mtpol
.@GregForMontana says he's had multiple briefings with Gen. Quinn, the most recent on vaccines. He says he's supportive of the state using federal guidelines to distribute, although he says they are lacking detail. #mtnews #COVID19 #mtpol
.@GregForMontana says it's exciting to have the vaccine in the state and it's building resiliency to the infection. #mtnews #COVID19 #mtpol
.@GregForMontana says they will be prioritizing infrastructure in the budget, including internet infrastructure. #mtnews #mtpol
.@MaritsaNBCMT asks if he worries about what will happen to numbers if directives are reversed, after @Surgeon_General and White House report cited directives as a reason for decline. #mtnews #COVID19 #mtpol
He responded by saying we'll get through this together. "We all need to take appropriate precautions to make sure that we keep the most vulnerable amongst us safe." #mtnews #COVID19 #mtpol
On CSKT Water Compact, @GregForMontana says we needed an agreement, and without it, there would have been over 10k legal claims filed. He backs up @SteveDaines and says he's thankful POTUS signed it into law. #mtnews #mtpol
On legislative session, @GregForMontana says they've been elected to do business of the people and they need to keep people safe. He says they are going to provide accommodations for people to work remotely and encourage mask wearing. #mtnews #mtpol #mtleg #COVID19
.@GregForMontana says the legislature should take necessary precautions against COVID-19, and he believes they've done that in steps they've taken. #mtnews #mtpol #mtleg #COVID19
On masks, @GregForMontana says we need to make sure there is public policy that keeps the most vulnerable safe while allowing others to go on with their lives. He says freedom with no responsibility is not an outcome they want. #mtnews #mtpol #COVID19
He says he will do his best to not politicize COVID, and calls it a legitimate and serious health crisis. #mtnews #mtpol #COVID19
.@GregForMontana says the mask alone is not the sole remedy to the virus. He says experts tell us limiting the number of people in a gathering place has a huge impact. He says all needs to be considered, and masks alone are not the only part of a solution. #mtnews #mtpol #COVID19
.@GregForMontana says he doesn't expect to have every single cabinet position filled the day he's sworn in, but will have the vast majority filled. He says it's more important to have the right person in the chair, not just filling the chair. #mtnews #mtpol

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