2021 Montana Legislature and Politics

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Code Girls United gets $50k to bring computer programming to Montana tribal communities

The grant was made possible through House Bill 219. Introduced by Rep. Jonathan Windy Boy, D-Box Elder, HB 219 provides training and incentives to students in Native communities for computer coding and programming courses.

The Financial Value of Montana’s Natural Beauty

One might go so far as to say that Montana’s economy hinges upon nature.

Governor Greg Gianforte talks Montana economy, COVID while marking 1st year in office

“Government doesn’t create jobs, entrepreneurs and small businesses do. In 2021, Montana was recognized as the #1 state to start a small business in. We’ll continue to foster an environment where businesses and hardworking Montanans can prosper.”

Montana film industry excited about growth but needs more buy-in from the state

While Montana has a portion of the necessary ingredients, more infrastructure, a higher tax credit, and more workers are needed to ensure the industry’s continued growth.

In the war for control of Montana’s universities between the Legislature and the Board of Regents, a lawsuit over guns is the first battle

In May, the Board of Regents, Montana University System’s ruling authority, sued the state, alleging HB 102 was an unconstitutional breach of power and that the Legislature overstepped its bounds.

Gov. Gianforte visits Missoula for the end of Montana’s Apprenticeship Week

For calendar year 2021, Gianforte set a goal to create 10,000 jobs meeting that criteria. Within the first six months there were more than 5,000 jobs paying over $50,000 a year created in the state, he said.

Montana Office of Public Instruction releases statewide student assessment info. The results aren’t great

Less than half of Montana high school juniors and students in third through eighth grade met subject proficiency standards last school year, according to new statewide assessment results.

Montana could lose $20 million in emergency rental funds next week

“We will lose that block of money unless we get permeability in that column,” Rep. Llew Jones, R-Conrad, the House Appropriations Committee chair added. “Montana simply does not have the need for $200 million in rent subsidy. While it’s a remarkable soundbyte, we can’t obligate money to somewhere where it’s not allowed to go.”

GOP “compromise” map #12 for new Montana congressional districts adopted – Panel approves map on 3-2 vote

“To me, with the right person there, you could have a competitive district,” she said. “I appreciate that a lot of people are not going to be happy with me, but that’s what I’m going to go forward with.”

Levy’s failure disappointing for Bozeman officials, but not the end of road for affordable housing efforts – Billings voters back $7.1 million for public safety

By a margin of just 276 votes, the housing mill levy, which would have generated $9.5 million over the next 10 years, failed to pass, while voters overwhelmingly supported the city’s other two ballot questions, approving a $6.7 million bond to relocate a fire station and a $2.2 million bond for repairs to three recreation facilities.

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