Key points:

  • The 13 agencies under Governor Gianforte’s jurisdiction have repealed or amended a total of 1,866 regulations, representing 16% of the 11,753 regulations originally on the books as of January 1, 2021.
  • Montana saw a total reduction of 1,114 regulatory restrictions since 2021.
  • From 2021 to 2023, agencies that participated in the Governor’s Red Tape Relief Initiative decreased their collective regulatory burden by 2.8%, while departments which did not formally participate increased their regulatory burden by 2.5%.
  • Frontier Institute anticipates the 2025 snapshot will continue to show that Gov. Greg Gianforte’s Red Tape Relief Initiative has contributed to a significant reduction in Montana’s regulatory burden.
  • Montana lawmakers would be wise to implement reforms to lock-in this regulatory relief in order to prevent the future accumulation of regulations.