2024 Montana Legislature and Politics

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Nationwide Women’s STRIKE (Wear Red) Expected on Monday – June 24 – SPREAD THE WORD!!!!!

The organizers are calling for supporters to wear red, stay home from work and school, and not spend any money unless it’s at a women-owned business. The movement is calling for equal rights, reproductive freedom and the end of gender-based violence.

Colorado Passes New Broadband Laws, Takes Aim At Landlord Monopolies

Colorado has been a key player in the municipal broadband space, and is home to several major municipal broadband deployments (from Longmont’s Nextlight to Fort Collins’ Connexion) that have been proven inspirational to municipalities across the country.

New state program aims to put 500,000 acres of Montana prairie under conservation leases

The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission has signed off on the first round of conservation agreements proposed under FWP’s new program.

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.

Montana Film Office Reel Report Summer 2024

This quarterly newsletter from the Montana Film Office at the Montana Department of Commerce (Commerce) aims to keep the state’s film and television industry professionals, constituents and fans informed of the latest Montana production, infrastructure and festival news. You’ll also find information on locations and upcoming events. We’re here to help you stay connected with all things “film” in Montana.

Solutions begin in places like Ekalaka, Montana

I want to believe that the relationship that started in that tiny bedroom in Ekalaka, Montana, and trickled down into the two oldest sons, is still the kind of relationship people want to cultivate in Montana, and in America. 

MT Department of Commerce awards grant funding to 44 Montana destination events

The Montana Department of Commerce announced today that over $750,000 of grant funding will be shared by 44 destination events to help grow Montana’s economy through tourism. The grant funding is provided through Commerce’s Economic Impact and Destination Event Grant Program.

Auditors find Montana may not target housing funds to those most in need

Auditors: Montana Board of Housing lacks transparency, data

The ‘silver tsunami’ is here. Is government ready?

About 10,000 Americans are turning 65 every day. As the nation’s aging population continues to climb, states and the federal government are working to get plans in place to care for older adults.

Montana’s Headwaters Hub

The Headwaters Hub will capitalize on the region’s existing commitment to market-driven innovation—and status as home to dozens of photonics companies—to overcome barriers to the advancement and broad adoption of autonomous technologies in critical use areas that are vital to the United States’ economic and national security.