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Gazette opinion: Where does our federal tax money go?

If you are still working on your state or federal income tax returns or an extension of time to file, good luck.

April 15, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

George F. Will: Tax reformer's uphill push toward economic growth

WASHINGTON — The Sisyphean task of tax reform should be tried only by someone who will not flinch from igniting some highly flammable people — those who believe that whatever wrinkle in the tax code that benefits them is an eternal entitlement. Tax reform’s Senate champion is Ron Wyden, the …

April 08, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Congress must reform tax, benefit laws to reduce nation's long-term debt

Finally, Congress has completed its budget process without another government shutdown and raised the nation’s debt ceiling without seriously threatening default.

February 27, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Congress tries micromanaging Yellowstone, Grand Teton

Last spring Yellowstone National Park didn’t have enough money to plow entrance roads open on its usual schedule. In recent years, the park has left firefighting, administrative and other jobs open to save costs. Nobody who has driven through the park thinks it spends enough on road maintenance.

February 20, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

George F. Will: Why immigration reform matters to GOP

WASHINGTON — Distilled to their discouraging essence, Republicans’ reasons for retreating from immigration reform reflect waning confidence in American culture and in the political mission only Republicans can perform — restoring America’s economic vigor. Without this, the nation will have a…

February 17, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Ignoring aging costs may end government as we know it

WASHINGTON — Something strange is happening in Washington. We are slowly dismantling the federal government, even as its spending is growing larger. The paradox is that governmental competence is being systematically degraded while the government’s size, as measured by its budget, is increas…

February 12, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

George F. Will: Obama's command of magic words and numbers

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama, the first president shaped by the celebratory culture in which every child who plays soccer gets a trophy, and the first whose campaign speeches were his qualification for the office, perhaps should not be blamed for thinking that saying things is tantamount to acc…

February 09, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Cut corporate tax loopholes, not our kids' future

As a longtime advocate for children in the Native American communities of Montana, I can confidently report that Indian child services are not the place to look for budgetary fat. Yet federal deficit-reduction “sequester” is cutting programs like Head Start and foster care support instead of…

November 01, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Unfinished budget business for Congress

When a majority of the House and Senate finally voted to end the government shutdown and step back from the brink of national default, lawmakers and President Barack Obama set a series of deadlines for themselves that they must meet to maintain the health of the U.S. economy.

October 25, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Political fallout: Obamacare backfires on everyone

WASHINGTON — The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) turns out to represent dreadful miscalculations by both the president and his Republican adversaries. Doubtlessly, Barack Obama imagined that achieving something close to “universal” health insurance would guarantee his legacy. It would make h…

October 23, 2013 10:32 amLoading…

Health insurance requirement approaches

CASPER, Wyo. — Staring in January, the Affordable Care Act will require most Americans to have health insurance. Those who don’t will pay a penalty that starts at $95 per adult, or 1 percent of their family income, whichever is greater.

September 29, 2013 10:45 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Student loan compromise would cut Montanans’ costs

Loan interest rates add up to a high-stakes debate for Montana college students and their families.

July 29, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr: Obama should raise stakes on immigration debate

WASHINGTON — If you want to alleviate worries about the economic impact of immigration reform, increase the minimum wage.

July 12, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Montanans fractured over farm bill proposals; Daines voices concerns

Montanans fractured over farm bill proposals; Daines voices concerns

Farmer Lola Raska knows a tough row to hoe when she sees one, which is why after holding the Senate farm bill to high standards, she is ready to reap whatever House lawmakers can sow.

June 18, 2013 10:00 pm Video Loading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Immortal entitlements: Why (sigh!) farm subsidies survive

WASHINGTON — The farm bills now before Congress — one from the Senate, the other from the House — attest, if nothing else, to the inertia of politics. There is no “public interest” (a phrase often meaningless in Washington) in having government subsidize farmers. Food would be produced witho…

June 16, 2013 12:05 amLoading…

Montana farmers optimistic about new farm bill this year

Montana farm groups are hopeful that Congress can pass a farm bill in the next five months, but time is running out.

April 25, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Farm bill cuts expected to get deeper, ag groups fear

Federal belt tightening and new political players are redrawing the ground rules for the 2013 farm bill, say agriculture groups who expect weaker subsidies than were offered in 2012.

March 15, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Obama fails to lead on spending cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security

WASHINGTON — The "fiscal cliff" is a massive failure of presidential leadership. The tedious and technical negotiations are but a subplot in a larger drama. Government can no longer fulfill all the promises it has made to various constituencies. Some promises will be reduced or disavowed. Wh…

January 03, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

List and cost of major programs that added to the deficit — and how Rehberg, Tester voted

HELENA — In the past dozen years, the U.S. government’s budget has gone from a projected 10-year surplus of $5.6 trillion in early 2001 to a current estimated debt of $16 trillion and growing. How did America’s budget unravel so dramatically, in such a short period of time? According to the …

September 16, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Rehberg, Tester have both voted for their share of budget-busters

Rehberg, Tester have both voted for their share of budget-busters

HELENA — In Montana’s U.S. Senate race, Republican challenger Denny Rehberg and his GOP allies are blasting Democratic Sen. Jon Tester for running up the nation’s debt, by voting for billions of dollars in new spending.

September 16, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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