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Apr 27, 2020

Montana Seasonal Workers & Businesses Granted Flexibility for Paycheck Protection Program, Tester Announces

Senator had pushed for expanded eligibility

Additional Montana seasonal workers will now be eligible for relief under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) after a push from U.S. Senator Jon Tester to expand the program to cover these essential businesses.

Tester pushed Senate leadership to make this change earlier this month.

“From our flyfishing guides to our ski lift operators, our state depends on seasonal workers and the businesses that employ them—and we can’t leave them behind,” Tester said. “Providing small businesses with more flexibility in the Paycheck Protection Program is not only the right thing to do for the workers that power Montana’s outdoor recreation economy, it’s the best way to keep our seasonal businesses afloat so until this crisis passes—and I’ll continue working to ensure these folks have the flexibility they need to take advantage of the program.”

Last week, Tester also successfully expanded eligibility for PPP to include Tribal gaming enterprises and all taverns, casinos, and bars with fewer than 500 employees.

He had pushed Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Small Business Administrator Jovita Carranza to amend the PPP rules to include business and workers that are essential to Montana’s economy, and fought to ensure the CARES Act included the Paycheck Protection Program—a critical lifeline intended to help small businesses keep the lights on.

You can read Tester’s letter to Senate Leadership on eligibility for seasonal businesses HERE.

Visit tester.senate.gov/coronavirusresources for a list of resources for Montanans during the COVID-19 outbreak

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.

Billings

Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768

Bozeman

Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647

Butte

Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586

Helena

Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462

Kalispell

8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974

Missoula

130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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