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Montana ranks 3rd for business tax climate:


Tax season can be stressful for many Americans, especially those who owe money to Uncle Sam. Every year, the average U.S. household pays more than $5,700 in federal income taxes, according to the Bureau ...


Senate Republicans voted today to kill federal privacy rules:




A Shared Space for Operational Excellence in Government:


Governments looking for ways to improve efficiency now have access to a rich trove of good ideas and best practices. The project, known as "Operational Excellence in Government," exists on a recently ...


Commentary: How Not to Make America Great Again:


A full community response is needed and all of us must get off the sidelines and on to the playing field. The Trump Administration's skinny budget proposal released today calls itself, "A Budget Blueprint ...


What a Gutted EPA Would Cost Our Communities:




Daines, Tester Introduce Timber Innovation Act:




Zinke: Interior Department in the 'energy business':


"Let me make one thing clear, the Interior Department is in the energy business, and Mike is an energy guy who understands the balance we must strike when developing resources and creating jobs on our ...


The Blow-It-All-Up Billionaires:


When politicians take money from megadonors, there are strings attached. They had lost all faith in the ruling class--the government, the media, Wall Street. "It showed the entire blow-up of the country ...


Is a Universal Basic Income a Good Idea?:


What if everyone on the planet received a guaranteed income whether or not they worked? That's the idea behind the universal basic income (UBI) -- and it is gaining ground globally. Government officials, ...


Without valid identification, Montanans will soon no longer be allowed to fly commercially:


Possessing a Montana driver's license means you're legally qualified to operate a motor vehicle, and it's the go-to document that most Montanans reach for when cashing a check at the grocery store or ...


Secretary Zinke's trip to Helena and Billings canceled:


U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke will no longer be in Montana next week due to schedule changes according to a press release. He was scheduled to address a special joint session of the Montana ...


Killing a Program That Brings History to Life:


The endowment helps Americans explore and better understand how we came to be the nation, people and world we are. It challenges us to reflect on our identities as citizens and as human beings, to ask ...


Wealthy Would Get Billions in Tax Cuts Under Obamacare Repeal Plan:


Two of the biggest tax cuts in Republican proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act would deliver roughly $157 billion over the coming decade to those with incomes of $1 million or more, according to ...


Police falsely told a man he couldn't film them. 'I'm an attorney,' he said. 'I know what the law is.':


"I think the video shows that the police are willing to lie in order to coerce people into doing what they want them to do," he said. "You just have to know your rights." By Peter Holley Full Story: ...


Montana's infrastructure report card:


Although the Treasure state received a C- score for infrastructure, the report gave individual grades in which Montana scored high for solid waste and moderately high for transit. In the report, ...


Montana's Senator Steve Daines Talks Health Care, Environment During Latest Tele-Townhall:




Montana Senator Steve Daines Asks Congressional Leadership to 'Protect' Libby, Montana Residents from ACA Repeal:


Under ACA, anyone diagnosed with asbestos-related disease in Libby is eligible for Medicare As part of the ACA, or Obamacare, anyone diagnosed with asbestos-related disease in Libby is eligible for ...


Patagonia and Google look to defend public lands with stunning VR film series:


The site ultimately urges viewers to contact Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke @SecretaryZinke and @Interior and https://www.doi.gov/feedback , and tell him to "keep our public lands in public hands ...


What You Should Know About Dodd-Frank and What Happens If It's Rolled Back:


"For a manager running a nonfinancial business, the proposed reforms to Dodd-Frank are probably a bad trade-off." Adam Posen, president of the Peterson Institute for International Economics Walter ...


Senator Jon Tester Fights to Hold Vizio Accountable, Strengthen Montanans' Right to Privacy:


As Technology Advances, Senator Pushes Federal Trade Commission to Protect Civil Liberties (U.S. Senate)--U.S. Senator Jon Tester is fighting to strengthen Montanans' right to privacy following ...


Senator Jon Tester To Host Town Hall Meeting In Great Falls On March 4.:


U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced he will host an in-person town hall meeting in Great Falls on Saturday to meet with and hear from Montanans face-to-face. With the looming repeal of ...


Utah's blunder a lesson for Montana:


The organization's exodus from Utah should serve as a cautionary tale to any elected officials who support the transfer of control over federal lands to the states. Westerners -- Montanans included -- ...


One for the history books: Missoula will buy its water system :


In an historic vote Monday night, the Missoula City Council unanimously approved the purchase of Mountain Water Co., forever ensuring the city's "access to clean, affordable and reliable water." "This ...


State analysts say Montana revenue estimate $92 million more than expected:


A new state revenue estimate report released this week showed the February forecast to be $92.3 million more over the next 16 months than a legislative panel estimated last fall. But as was the case ...


Senator Daines talks health care, DeVos vote, more in telephone town hall - Daines featured speaker in Havre Feb. 23:


Montana residents came out swinging during Sen. Steve Daines' telephone town hall Thursday night, and they didn't let up over the next 90 minutes. They called on the Republican to explain why he silenced ...


Behind the Battle Over Public Land:


"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children," Conrad Anker said, paraphrasing Duwamish Chief Seattle. Land managers, conservationists and sportsmen groups are ...


How Government Can Be a 'Best Place to Work':




$500,000 for a beer?: Critics fight state's 'ridiculous' liquor license system:


In light of the well-documented growth in the Gallatin Valley, Montana's population-based alcohol license quota system has become a hot topic among local proprietors. Passed in the 1930s after the ...


Republicans move to sell off 3.3m acres of national land, sparking rallies:


"It's not only an assault on our traditions. It's the idea that they're stealing that from our children." John Gale, conservation director for Backcountry Hunters and Anglers in Missoula, Montana Land ...


More than 1,000 rally at Montana Capital Building against transferring or selling federal lands:


Mountaineer Conrad Anker noted the many people using public lands and paraphrased Duwamish Chief Seattle, who famously said land is not inherited from ancestors but borrowed from future generations. Opponents ...

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