Montana Politics & Legislature

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Montana Economic Developers Association (MEDA) 2021 Legislative Priorities and Principles

As the State’s lead economic development agency, MEDA comprises more than 225 economic development practitioners and partners serving as leaders dedicated to building Montana’s economy.  MEDA members strive to improve the State’s economy through business creation, expansion, retention, and through the empowerment and diversification of our State’s economic base. 

5 Domains of Government That Are Ripe for Transformation

Rapidly maturing technologies hold the key for dramatic improvements across an institution that was designed for incremental change. Governments need to act quickly, deliberately and flexibly.

Whitefish officials seek public comment on resort tax

City Council is looking into a proposal that would extend the resort tax at 3% and adjust how the money is spent.

Government Chatbots Now a Necessity for States, Cities, Counties

Before COVID-19, a few leading governments were dabbling in chatbot technology, using AI to address common resident queries. In 2021, it’s hard to imagine government doing the people’s business without them.

The Montana Legislature – A Senatorial Spat, Rocky Rollout Of COVID Orders And A Familiar Gun Debate

Montana’s congressman votes as expected against impeachment, and Montana’s two senators are having a very public spat.

Truth, Lies And Social Media

Journalists Sally Mauk and Gwen Florio, along with special guest New York Times columnist Charlie Warzel discuss this and more in this episode of Parsing the Press.

Bozeman city commissioners map out yearly priorities

Commissioner Michael Wallner suggested the city prioritize seeking out grants or other funds in preparation that the 2020 census results will bump Bozeman’s population above 50,000, changing the city’s status for federal funding.

Who directly benefits from Gianforte tax cuts in Montana?

An advocate for lower- and moderate-income households in Montana said while the governor’s tax-cut plan may have some benefits for those earning less, the bulk of it goes to wealthier individuals and businesses.

Missoulians for a Dignified Encampment Facebook Group

Please join “Missoulians for a Dignified Encampment” if you’re also interested in collaborating with agencies, officials, and camp occupants to determine an alternative to the high-risk conditions at the Reserve St. encampment.

To Put Voters First Again, Amend the Constitution

It’s the only way to undo the damage the Supreme Court did when it overturned laws regulating the raising and spending of campaign money. It has bipartisan support, and states should lead the way.