Representative Steve Daines answered questions posed from a collective group of 171 high school boys from across Montana on Monday afternoon at Carroll College, participating in the 76th Annual Boys State.

Daines spoke broadly about his time as a businessman and now as a congressman and the inner working of his position, then took a series of questions from the students.

When asked about his feelings on alternative energy Daines answered quickly and assertively. "I received my degree at MSU in chemical engineering, so I love unleashing the power of innovation and engineering sciences to come up with the next new ideas," said Daines. "I am very confident in American ingenuity and entrepreneurs as long as we don't have a government who gets in the way by taking away those incentives by getting tax rates too high and regulations too high that slow down business creators that want to get out and start these up."

American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students that takes place the first week after school is out. It is a participatory program where each participant becomes part of the operation of his local city, county and state government.

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