Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and State Dept. of Commerce Director Meg O’Leary have announced that the state will give $150,000 in the next year to a number of local communities and non-profits to promote local events to potential tourists
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An annual poll sponsored by the Montana Chamber of Commerce has found, once again that Montanans, by a wide margin, want to see the state’s timber, oil, mining and coal industries “encouraged and promoted.”
Montana Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock’s executive budget proposal for the 2015-2017 biennium would once again have the state rely on the federal government for more than 40 percent of state spending in the primary appropriations bill, HB 2.
Republican U.S. Rep. and Montana’s U.S. Senator-elect Steve Daines surprised many last week when he joined with Montana Democratic U.S. Senators Jon Tester and John Walsh to support major land policy legislation attached to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
Despite continued strong statements amount the influence of “money in politics,” Montana’s two most prominent Democratic office holders, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester and Gov. Steve Bullock, are both set to lead major big money national fundraising campaigns starting in 2015.
Data from the Montana Dept. of Transportation (MDT) and a 2000-2001 study from the National Motorists Association shows that the period from 1995-199, when the state had no numerical daytime speed limit on interstates or rural highways, was a relatively safe time for Montana motorists.
Montana Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock released his executive budget proposal for the 2016-2017 biennium last week, estimating that oil prices will hold steady at between $90-100 a barrel from 201-15-2017. However, recent market forecasts have oil trading at far below those prices in 2015.
As several Montana Republican Party County Central Committees go forward with a federal lawsuit challenging the state’s open primary law, controversy is brewing once again as the state party has announced a meeting in January to discuss whether or not to join the lawsuit.
A study on state tax burdens published this month by Columbia University and the National Center for Children (NCCP) in Poverty has found that Montana has the third highest tax burden of any state for a family of four living at the poverty level, tied with Illinois.
The fallout of election 2014 had not settled before Montana Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock announced an agreement between his administration and the three major state employee unions on a pay increase that covers the 2015-2016 biennium.