Tester’s virtual meeting system already saving taxpayers money

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Senator Jon Tester’s new virtual meeting system is already saving Montana taxpayers thousands of dollars.

The City of Bozeman decided to use Tester’s video teleconferencing system to discuss its requests for projects that create jobs.

Bozeman City Manager Chris Kukulski said the city will save about $2,000 in travel costs to Washington.

“When you’re talking about saving taxpayers money, every dollar counts,” said Tester.  “As we move forward, I think we’ll see more communities and colleges save their travel costs, and meet with me from Montana—which is just the same in my book.”

Tester last month encouraged local governments and colleges to use the teleconferencing system to save taxpayers money when Montanans request federal support for local projects.

Local communities and Montana colleges often send representatives to Washington, D.C. to discuss their requests with Tester, a member of the influential Senate Appropriations Committee.

Tester’s video teleconferencing system is available in all eight of his Montana field offices, in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Glendive, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell and Missoula.

Montanans interested in discussing their appropriations requests with Tester via video teleconference are asked to call (866) 554-4403.