Montana’s over-reliance on federal funding for spending projects is having a significant impact on military veterans. The Montana veterans population represents the largest per-capita of any in the U.S., and the state itself ranks 6th in the nation in dependence on federal funding according to the Tax Foundation.
Montana Recent Headlines
Despite years of campaign positioning against illegal immigration, touting votes against the Dream Act, and repeatedly assuring Montanans of his support for strong border controls, in the last few weeks U.S. Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) has repeatedly sided with Senate Democrats in blocking Dept. of Homeland Security funding which excludes executive amnesty funding.
Proponents of the controversial Common Core state standards are now using fiscal reasons to push back against two bills — HB 377 and HB 501 — in the Montana legislature that target the implementation of the standards by arguing that the bills “could” jeopardize federal funding for schools.
Montana Democratic Secretary of State Linda McCulloch told lawmakers on Friday that “the onus is on the voter” and not elections officials when asked who ensures the integrity of Montana’s elections at a hearing of the State Administration Committee.
While Schweitzer is now slamming opponents of Medicaid expansion, back when he was governor in 2011, Schweitzer expressed a certain amount of skepticism about expansion, even worrying — similar to AFP’s current claims — that it would “run the risk of bankrupting” the state.
Montana Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock is finding himself increasingly isolated on plans to help overwhelmed Eastern Montana communities with much needed infrastructure spending, though it appears the governor is not backing down on his desire for a “comprehensive” bill.
A national conservative organization called the Environmental Policy Alliance has launched an effort in Montana to expose certain left-wing environmental groups that represent themselves as “sportsmen advocate groups.”
PPL Montana announced Tuesday that it is permanently closing the J.E. Corette Power Plant in Billings, citing low energy costs and the high costs of upgrading the facility meet more stringent EPA standards on coal-fired power plants.
Montana State Rep. Tom Burnett (R-Bozeman) finds himself the object of scorn from left-wing bloggers and the media this week over a leaked email to fellow members of the Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services.
Cuts to the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program combined with federal timber policies that restrict harvesting are leaving some forested Western Montana counties in dire fiscal straights, with few options other than to cut services and raise taxes.