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Missoula City Council makes unpaid utility bills the responsibility of property owner, not tenant

According to the city, roughly 75% of unpaid utility bills register to properties that are owner occupied and 25% represent renters. Several members of the council pushed back against the change in ordinance, calling it inherently unfair.

Two Missoula firms seek state grant to hire 222 workers over next two years

Under the Big Sky grant, the jobs must pay at or above the county average wage, which is currently $22.83 an hour in Missoula County, according to the Missoula Economic Partnership.

Montana adding red tape to those who need help with healthcare

During the last session of the Legislature, Montana Republicans pushed forward legislation that requires Montanans to continuously prove their eligibility for Medicaid– every few months, you must report your income to the state government, despite the fact that you already told them when you signed up for Medicaid and you’re already required to reapply every year like everyone else with insurance does. Montana Democrats fought against these new requirements, but the Republicans were dead set on adding additional superfluous red tape to one of the state’s largest and most critical insurers.

Judge says Montana state agency can’t charge newspapers legal review fees

“This is a huge victory for transparency in government and for the public’s right to know.”

Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund – Good Paying Jobs to Promote Long-Term Stable Economic Growth in Montana

 Program guidelines are available, and includes more information about the program specifics, including eligibility, penalties, procedures and other requirements.

The Damage That Tech Monopolies Do (Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook): Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

John Oliver discusses tech monopolies, and how to address the hidden harm they can do.

Why the return to the office isn’t working

“I don’t gain anything besides a commute.”

Ongoing economic research projects how children may fare depending on where they grew up

The “Opportunity Atlas” uses data from the United States Census Bureau and the Internal Revenue Service, tracking 20 million children across 70,000 census tracts from childhood into adulthood.

Building Resilient Cities That Are Ready for Climate Change

Efforts like reducing carbon emissions are important to fight climate change, but cities should also be looking at how they can reinforce roads, stabilize electric grids and use new technologies to build resilient communities.

Let’s End Traffic Stops

“Should NHTSA take into consideration systems, such as intelligent speed assist systems, which determine current speed limits and warn the driver or adjust the maximum traveling speed accordingly?” the agency asks tentatively, inviting feedback from the public.

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