2021 Montana Legislature and Politics

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Americans owe at least $140 billion in medical debt – Paying the Bills: The Financial Realities of Health Care and Rural America

The reason, according to Mahoney’s research, appears to tie into the decision by many states in the South to not expand Medicaid as allowed under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). By comparison, in states that chose to broaden their public health insurance for low-income individuals, total medical debt fell significantly more, and the rates at which their residents—including those who live in the lowest-income areas—accumulated new debt from one year to the next also declined.

Six Community Broadband Networks Demonstrate Diversity of Approaches to Connectivity Challenges

One might think this is the moment for community broadband networks. The truth is, locally-directed networks have been serving their communities for a long, long time.

‘Economic transformation’ Montana commission adopts priorities, seeks public input on how to allocate $150 Million

Lawmakers and Gianforte administration officials tasked with allocating $150 million to bolster Montana’s post-COVID economy name business innovation, value-added ag, worker training and affordable housing as priorities.

Gov. Gianforte Seeks Public Comment on Use of ARPA Economic and Workforce Funds

Beginning yesterday and through August 9, 2021, Montanans may submit their public comment

Housing costs emerge as key to Montana’s labor shortage

On Wednesday, a commission tasked with distributing part of the $900 million in federal coronavirus relief that Montana received named affordable housing as one of four categories they will consider for funding proposals.

In The Bull’s Eye: A Human Swarm Is Overwhelming The Yellowstone Region

Amid unprecedented development and outdoor recreation pressure, three experts say new strategies urgently needed to save America’s most famous wildlife ecosystem

Rules for drawing new Montana legislative districts adopted

The new federal electoral map must go into effect in time for the 2022 elections. The legislative districts don’t need to be finalized until the 2024 elections.

Who comes out on top of the Montana broadband infrastructure bill?

Your Montana Legislature attempted to address this issue, but the “solution” will turn out to be one of the biggest corporate handouts in our state’s history.

Montana teacher shortage ‘crisis’ escalates

Montana is facing a worsening teacher shortage “crisis” even as education officials worry that a key support to students — mental health care through the Comprehensive School and Community Treatment program — remains in limbo.

Bozeman commissioners OK affordable housing levy ballot question

Bozeman voters will be asked in November whether to increasing property taxes to support housing projects and work on a handful of city facilities.