OPEN LETTER TO MONTANA’S PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION,
Looks like you got yourselves a Republican supermajority for awhile. Congratulations.
According to the initial reporting from the Republic of Mizzula, the winds will be blowing free of subsidy here in Montana because…
…state energy policy should focus on “affordable and reliable power for Montana families and businesses without preference to the kind or source of energy or special interest,” Gallagher said.
But this letter is not about subsidizing wind power. Instead, it’s about the immense power your Republican supermajority now wields over the fate of…taxis.
Jessica Murray, the co-owner of Missoula’s Green Taxi, says her company consistently gets calls from locals who need rides to medical appointments. But Green Taxi, with its fleet of two Toyota Priuses, has to turn those requests down, because it’s not licensed by the Montana Public Service Commission, which regulates motor carriers in the state, to transport patients.
An interesting barrier, or, one might say, an onerous, small-business killing regulation.
I would be curious to hear what The Montana Regulation Project thinks about the role of the PSC in administering this rigorous licensing process.
Anyway, good luck PSC Republican supermajority. And to everyone in Helena as things get going, if you’ve had too many adult beverages, support local business and take a cab!