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Guest opinion: Let's protect treasures in Montana's 55 state parks

Guest opinion: Let's protect treasures in Montana's 55 state parks

Montana State Parks celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.

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Economist: Rapid changes in health care mean jobs for Billings

Economist: Rapid changes in health care mean jobs for Billings

Expanding Medicaid rolls would likely create thousands of jobs in the Billings area, but would also cost taxpayers millions, a University of Montana health care economist said in Billings Thursday.

July 10, 2014 6:45 pmLoading…
Montana's economy sees stronger growth in 2013

Montana's economy sees stronger growth in 2013

If Cal Kunkel were playing baccarat in Las Vegas, instead of building apartments in Billings, he’d definitely be a high roller.

December 22, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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Economic impacts of shutdown hard to measure; delegation remains divided on solution

Economic impacts of shutdown hard to measure; delegation remains divided on solution

HELENA — As the federal government’s partial shutdown entered its second week, the economic effects in Montana certainly aren’t positive, a top economist said — but it’s hard to measure them precisely.

October 08, 2013 5:40 pm Photos

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Gazette opinion: Poverty, health gaps hinder many Montana students

Most Montana schoolchildren will be back in class by the end of this week. Are they ready to learn? Do they get needed health care, including preventive care? Do families have resources to provide for their children?

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Montana still outperforming sluggish national growth

Montana still outperforming sluggish national growth

University of Montana economists doing a midyear economic forecast said the state’s income growth will remain strong this year, but not as strong as 2012.

August 06, 2013 10:30 am Related Loading…
Patrick Barkey

Patrick Barkey

Patrick Barkey, director of the University of Montana's Bureau of Business & Economic Research, outlines a midyear economic forecast during a meeting at the Crowne Plaza on Tuesday.

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Guest opinion: Federal cutbacks will be felt in Montana's economy

It’s been quite a party. But the hangover might be a doozy. After four straight years of trillion-dollar annual budget deficits, the news is dawning on all political parties that the federal budget is long due for serious repair, and that less spending is part of the process. As a state that…

August 01, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Terry Johnson talks about the future of energy

Terry Johnson talks about the future of energy

Former legislative fiscal analyst Terry Johnson talks about the future of energy to Montana's economy the annual economic outlook seminar in Billings.

March 01, 2013 12:38 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Invest now in doctors Montana needs

Montana doesn’t have a medical school. So, for the past 40 years, the state has paid part of the educational expenses for classes of 20 medical students per school year.

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Economists: Expect another good year for Montana

Economists: Expect another good year for Montana

Unless U.S. politicians or international conflicts derail the game plan, Montana should repeat last year’s relatively good economic performance with another 3.5 percent rise in nonfarm income.

February 05, 2013 6:45 pm Photos

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Terry Johnson talks about the future of energy in Montana

Terry Johnson talks about the future of energy in Montana

Former legislative fiscal analyst Terry Johnson talks about the future of energy Tuesday at the University of Montana's annual Bureau of Business and Research economic seminar in Billings.

February 05, 2013 12:38 pmLoading…
Environmental group questions UM bureau's objectivity in coal studies

Environmental group questions UM bureau's objectivity in coal studies

MISSOULA — One of the state’s largest environmental lobbies is questioning a series of coal studies released by the University of Montana, saying the research is too closely tied to industry and lacks independence because of it.

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UM economic outlook tour set for later this month

HELENA — A University of Montana annual economic outlook seminar starts a nine-city tour later this month.

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Gazette opinion: Community agenda: Let's move Montana forward in 2013

Gazette opinion: Community agenda: Let's move Montana forward in 2013

On New Year's Day, The Billings Gazette editorial board looks forward to the opportunities and challenges in the year ahead. Continuing a practice started several years ago, we present a community agenda, a short list of issues that we believe deserve attention in 2013. We believe our state …

January 01, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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UM report details cost of dropping out

MISSOULA — A new report released by the University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research this week details the advice passed on by many parents over the decades: finish high school.

October 01, 2012 10:30 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Midyear economic malaise strikes again

Montanans wait all year for summer. And this year it arrived, in the West at least, right on schedule. For the past two years, a much less welcome event has also arrived on or around the first day of summer: a midyear global economic malaise.

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Soft demand for coal ripples through area mines, plants

Soft demand for coal ripples through area mines, plants

Business has been better for Montana coal. Demand for Montana coal is softening for various reasons resulting in mine layoffs.

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UM report says Otter Creek coal mine would bring $200M impact

UM report says Otter Creek coal mine would bring $200M impact

HELENA — The proposed Otter Creek coal mine in southeastern Montana, once operating, would create a $200-million-a-year positive economic impact for the state, says a report released this week by the University of Montana’s Bureau of Business & Economic Research.

June 13, 2012 4:45 pmLoading…

Otter Creek coal potential untapped

Oil may have been king at this Montana Energy 2012 conference, but Patrick Barkey, director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana in Missoula, focused on the state's coal future.

April 03, 2012 6:10 pmLoading…

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