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Gov Bullock Announces Health Insurance Premium Working Group:


Governor Steve Bullock is creating a bipartisan working-group to develop a plan to reduce premiums for people who buy health insurance on the federal marketplace. A Montana Healthcare Foundation study ...


President Trump Signs Senator Tester's Campaign Finance Reform Bill into Law:


President Donald Trump today signed U.S. Senator Jon Tester's bill to make Senate campaigns more transparent. Tester's bill, the Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act, requires candidates to electronically ...


New Credit Freezes Now Available Thanks to Senator Tester's Law Senator's Bipartisan Regulatory Relief Bill Helps Consumers Defend Against Identity Theft:


Consumers are now guaranteed free credit freezes thanks to U.S. Senator Jon Tester's recently signed legislation to protect Montanans from fraud and identity theft. The additional consumer protections ...


Sexual remarks at statewide Montana Association of Counties conference offend, have some seeking change:


Jokes about "well-endowed" women and other off-color remarks at this week's meeting of the Montana Association of Counties in Missoula didn't sit well with some, and it has prompted calls for the organization ...


Governor Bullock, Department of Administration Task New Bipartisan Work Group with Saving Montanans Money on Health Insurance:


Report commissioned by Montana Healthcare Foundation shows reinsurance could save Montanans 10-20% on individual health insurance premiums Governor Steve Bullock and Department of Administration ...


Supreme Court Orders Disclosure For Dark Money, As New Report Unveils Some Donors:


Chief Justice John G. Roberts had blocked a lower court order that would have required politically active nonprofits to disclose their donors. But on Tuesday the full Supreme Court overturned his ...


Bozeman's first affordable housing manager to leave job:


City officials announced Monday that Bozeman's first affordable housing manager will "pursue other career options" seven months into the job. That comes as leaders are trying to build Bozeman's definition ...


Montana Association of Counties meets in Missoula to develop legislative goals:


About 200 elected officials, exhibitors and sponsors are expected to descend on Missoula this week for the 2018 Montana Association of Counties' annual meeting. Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat, and ...


The House Is Trying to Sneak These Controversial Changes Into the Farm Bill - Even if the SNAP work requirements don't make it through, these three wrinkles could. :


Such as: Preventing localities from regulating pesticides. Titled "Regulatory Reform," Section 9101 of the House Bill would forbid "political subdivision[s] of a state"--i.e., counties, cities--from ...


A Troubling Trend for Cities: Slowing Revenue But Rising Spending Growth:




Thanks to SCOTUS, States Are Taxing Online Sales. But the Legal Fight May Not Be Over.:




"The United States In A New Global Order: An Evening With Larry Summers And Max Baucus" - 9/24 - Missoula:


Powerhouse Harvard scholars from the worlds of economics and poetry will each offer public lectures at the University of Montana on Monday, Sept. 24. The speakers are Lawrence Summers, one of ...


NASA: Looking into selling rockets' names to private companies:




Many lawmakers and aides who crafted financial regulations after the 2008 crisis now work for Wall Street:


Ten years after the financial crisis brought the U.S. economy to its knees, about 30 percent of the lawmakers and 40 percent of the senior staff who crafted Congress' response have gone to work ...


'Active Measures' - In theaters, on iTunes, Hulu and digital platforms 8/31:


ACTIVE MEASURES chronicles the most successful espionage operation in Russian history, the American presidential election of 2016. Filmmaker Jack Bryan exposes a 30-year history of covert political ...


Money (in Politics) Doesn't Just Talk - It Screams:


A ballot initiative in Missouri would set limits on political contributions in an effort to keep Big Money from running the state. If it passes, ordinary citizens will be the ones who benefit. By ...


Minneapolis Federal Reserve president talks interest rates, wages at Montana State University:


Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Neel Kashkari didn't pull any punches at Montana State University on Wednesday, discussing everything from trade wars to interest rates and Bozeman's housing shortage. Kashkari ...


Millions of Acres of 'Public' Land Are Not Legally Accessible:


Private holdings block public access to nearly 10 million acres of federal land in the West, hampering growth in the recreation economy, a new report says. The federal program that could help ...


ServeMontana is still seeking community input on what Montanans think are the most critical needs facing their communities.:


Every three years, the Governor's Office of Community Service http://lists.mt.gov/t/4348961/932696/1718/2/ uses a Community Needs Assessment survey to identify the needs facing Montana communities. ...


Billings Gazette opinion: Dangers in demise of net neutrality :


Throttling: The intentional slowing of an internet service by an internet service provider. In a word, that's what net neutrality rules were supposed to prevent. Now that the Federal Communications ...


Going Cashless: What Can We Learn from Sweden's Experience?:


weden is regarded as the poster child of cashless countries and is expected to become the world's first cashless society by March 2023. This means that cash will not be a generally accepted means of payment ...


Over $45 Million In Montana Budget Cuts To Be Restored:


More than $45 million of the state budget will be restored under a plan by Governor Steve Bullock. It will unwind budget cuts enacted over the last year that have devastated parts of Montana's health ...


Is California's new data privacy law a sign of things to come?:


In late June, California passed A.B. 375, the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, a sweeping piece of legislation that, on its face, grants California residents data privacy rights that have never ...


Verizon lifts data restrictions for first responders after throttling Calif. firefighters:


After taking criticism this week for throttling a fire department's data speeds during a wildfire, Verizon announced Thursday it no longer will place restrictions on data speeds of first responders during ...


Podcast - Why Smokey Bear had it all wrong.:


The Science of Forest Fires: Culture, Climate, and Combustion Professor John Bailey, an expert on all things fire, tells us about controlled burning, silviculture, and why Smokey Bear had it all ...


Verizon data throttling hampered response to Mendocino wildfire - Now says it shouldn’t have - Duh....:


The incident is now part of a net neutrality lawsuit. Mallory Locklear, @mallorylocklear https://www.engadget.com/2018/08/21/verizon-data-throttling-hampered-mendocino-wildfire-response/ *** Verizon ...


Automatic Voter Registration Gains Bipartisan Momentum:




Trump asks SEC to look into practicality of quarterly corporate reports :


President Donald Trump says he's asking federal regulators to look into the effectiveness of the quarterly financial reports that publicly traded companies are required to file. In a tweet early Friday, ...


Zinke's Outdoor Recreation Committee Touts Public-Private Partnerships:




Governor Bullock Announces over $680,000 in AmeriCorps Grants:


Montana ranks 6th in the nation for enrolling AmeriCorps members Governor Steve Bullock today announced that Montana has received $688,526 from the Corporation for National and Community Service ...

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