2020 Montana Politics

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Rural America and the Senate’s Economic Stimulus Package

The multi-million dollar stimulus package contains crucial provisions for rural programs.

What a Coronavirus Recovery Could Look Like – We should set new goals

“We’re going to get a whole new generation of infrastructure because of this pandemic, and we have to do it better than last generation.”

Officials say Montana budget is in solid shape heading into pandemic

It’s unlikely that state government will run into an immediate budget crunch as it tries to contain the COVID-19 outbreak and respond to the virus’ economic impact.

Montana Podcast Episode 52 — Sen. Fred Thomas on deregulation, term limits, and three decades in the Capitol

While Thomas supported the 1992 constitutional initiative that led to legislative term limits — citizens may serve as a state representative or senator for no more than eight years in a 16-year period — he now sees term limits as limiting the experience available to the Legislature.

Montana Legislature Revenue Committee Tax Study Focuses on Income Taxes, Committee Reviews Energy Tax Credits

As part of its new duty to review tax credits, the committee will evaluate the tax credit for energy-conserving expenditures and the alternative energy systems tax credit.

Montana LegislatureTransportation Interim Committee Meeting March 23

During the meeting in Helena, the committee also will discuss electric vehicles and Montana’s fuel tax.

Montana Legislative Education Interim Committee Looking at Assessment and Pre-K – 3/19-20 – Helena

Discussions will include a committee work session on pre-kindergarten that will begin with a look at policy frameworks of state programs that allow for mixed delivery (public schools and community-based providers) of voluntary pre-k with local school districts leading/coordinating the effort.

MT Lowdown Podcast – Democratic candidate for governor Whitney Williams

“Forty percent of Montanans say they choose between putting food on the table and filling a prescription,” Williams said. “Montanans are, I think, fed up with this idea that the federal government is going to solve this problem for us, because they’re not.”

Beware: Another fake news site distorts political coverage in Montana – Russian social accounts sow election discord – again

Readers are being fooled.

Billings Gazette opinion: LGBTQ? Not in our town… moving backwards for the second time.

If we’re not careful, Billings, the NDO isn’t going to stand for non-discrimination ordinance, it will stand for no damn opportunities.