2023 Montana Legislature and Politics

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New Montana law requires government boards to record public meetings

The goal is to encourage public participation and provide greater transparency.

Starting teacher pay $9K higher in Montana than national report, state says

News about new teachers’ pay comes on top of other news that Montana’s teacher turnover is high. Nearly 31% of first-year teachers are experiencing turnover in Montana public schools, and more than 27% are leaving within two to five years, according to OPI.

Property Taxes in Missoula County May 2024 – Josh Slotnick Missoula County Commissioner

Impact of Tax Rate on Residential Property

The state Legislature sets the tax rate for each class of property.

DOR is required by law to notify the Legislature what the new tax
rate would need to be keep property taxes for residential properties
flat. In 2022, lawmakers declined to reduce the rate from 1.35% to
0.94%.

Montana’s Republican legislature passes unprecedented anti-science law: ‘Our families are already suffering’

Montana’s legislature has passed the nation’s most aggressive anti-science law, prohibiting state agencies from considering the impacts of excess heat-trapping pollution when reviewing permits for large projects like coal mines and power plants.

Quality of life in Montana down, according to survey Montana Public Radio

In the most recent poll, more than 60% of voters reported a decline in their quality of life over the last five years.

Tax debate heats up in Missoula under pinch of inflation – Deadline for Montana residents to apply for property tax relief extended to June 1

Leaders from the city and county of Missoula, along with the University of Montana, said they have few tools available to fight today’s high inflation and the pinch it puts on consumers.

Europe Rules That Insufficient Climate Change Action Is a Human Rights Violation

In a landmark ruling, the European Court of Human Rights found that Switzerland had not done enough to protect its citizens from climate change—blowing open the door for further cases against governments.

Property taxes skyrocket statewide, but not for Montana Governor Greg Gianforte’s properties

An MTN analysis shows taxes on a Gianforte-owned home in Helena decreased while his neighbors saw tax hikes

Professional Climbers, Including Montana’s Conrad Anker, Outdoor Athletes File Briefs Supporting Youth Plaintiffs in Climate Lawsuit

“As an ice climber the threat of climate change is very real. We can look at the statistics of a shortened winter, but it really strikes home when you go to your favorite area and a climb that you’re familiar with, that shapes up every year, is absent,” Anker wrote in an amicus brief filed in support of 16 youth plaintiffs who won a landmark victory in the climate lawsuit Held v. Montana last summer.

Montana to apply for almost $7M as federal government approves “Digital Opportunity Plan”

While the state works on their digital opportunity planning, they’re also hoping to receive approval soon to begin taking grant applications for the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment program, (BEAD)— the program that will provide the almost $629 million for further broadband infrastructure.