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The American Prairie Reserve is Good for Montana “The Montana Legislature should reject HJR28” Former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer

The American Prairie Reserve bison plan is good for the land, good for the community and great for Montana. The Montana Legislature should stand with science and freedom and against big government central planning socialism...

Billings Gazette opinion: Don’t let sun set on Montana economic development

The proposal doesn’t request an increase in funding, just level-dollar funding. HB52 has virtually no opposition, yet it remains in House Appropriations Committee a month after its hearing while the clock ticks toward the session’s...

Montana’s businesses must make case for funding preschool

The pilot program is yielding measurable results that demonstrate the tremendous positive impact of high-quality preschool programs and show that publicly funded preschool would work in Montana.

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American Prairie Reserve: Resolution is violation of private property rights

The prospect of using the force of the Montana Legislature to attack a private business engaged in lawful activity should give serious pause.

406 Impact Districts – A Statewide Economic Tool – Please Support LC 1182

The 406 Impact Districts are a locally driven economic growth tool that empowers communities to attract private investment in critical infrastructure and development projects.

Lawmaker says grants may lure workers to rural Montana

In Montana’s other 44 counties — our rural areas — we are seeing a population flatlining. Where are we going to be in 15, 20, 30 years? Are we just going to be a state...

Gazette opinion: Crunch time for Montana economic development legislation

The Billings-initiated effort to create a new economic development tool for Montana may finally be introduced this week in Helena where the path to passage will be steep and uncertain. The “whereas” clauses of the...

Kansas and Vermont pay college grads to move to small towns. Montana could follow suit.

Rep. Joel Krautter, R-Sidney, has introduced House Bill 405, which would offer recent college graduates between $5,000 and $15,000 apiece if they commit to living and working in a qualifying county for five years. The...

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2019 Montana Legislative roundup: Halfway through 90-day session, lawmakers break to prep for round 2

The midpoint of the session is the transmittal deadline for moving any general bills, meaning those that don’t contain revenue or appropriations, from one chamber to another.

Protect our future with pre-K legislation in Montana

The Montana constitution says, “It is the goal of the people to establish a system of education which will develop the full educational potential of each person. Equality of educational opportunity is guaranteed to each...

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