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Better Business: Charitable giving makes us feel better, but know the ropes before you do

There are good business reasons why companies, large and small, should participate in charitable giving. Studies have shown that customers have a positive reaction toward a product or company that supports charitable causes. Donations of money, property and inventory and expenses related to …

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Robert J. Samuelson: Do Democrats do economy better? Nope

WASHINGTON — It’s a Democratic campaign consultant’s dream: a study from two respected academic economists concluding that, since the late 1940s, the economy has consistently performed better under Democratic presidents than Republican. The gap is huge. From 1949 to 2013, a period when the W…

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Robert J. Samuelson: Highway Trust spending will shrink 30% if Congress does nothing

WASHINGTON — It's time for a primer on the Highway Trust Fund, which looms as the next battle in Congress' unending budget wars.

July 10, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Is economy in The Great Moderation 2.0?

WASHINGTON — Is the Great Moderation back?

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Your investments: Changing jobs? Be sure to check your options for your 401(k)

Your investments: Changing jobs? Be sure to check your options for your 401(k)

Whether you’re changing jobs, following your entrepreneurial dreams or finally taking that well-earned retirement, if you have an employer-sponsored 401(k) account, you’re going to be faced with the decision of what to do with it.

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Chamber News: Beef prices remain strong, but 2014 presents challenges for agriculture

Chamber News: Beef prices remain strong, but 2014 presents challenges for agriculture

The Billings Chamber has long invested time and resources into the agriculture industry. The annual Ag Appreciation Banquet and annual Ag Tour, legislative support, and continued involvement and education through the Ag Committee are part of one of the Chamber’s largest and longest standing …

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Big Sky Economic Development: Even with economy on the move, we have to plan to grow

Big Sky Economic Development: Even with economy on the move, we have to plan to grow

As Yellowstone County continues its positive growth pattern, one might think that in such good economic times — a large number of business expansions, strong job creation, and great private investment — now is the time to step back and just let things happen. Well, I would argue that we bett…

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David Ignatius: Warning signs in China's economy

WASHINGTON — China's financial markets seem to be signaling trouble, as a government crackdown on corruption and loose credit begins to bite and jittery local investors scramble for safety.

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Guest opinion: Dig beneath sound bites on Obamacare

People have had their health insurance canceled. They’ve lost their doctors. They have to pay for services they’ll never use. They’re forced to buy insurance they don’t want.

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Robert J. Samuelson: Expanded EITC would do more for poor than minimum wage hike

WASHINGTON — The great virtue of the Congressional Budget Office's recent report on the minimum wage is that it injects a much-needed dose of reality into the debate over job creation. The Obama administration and its congressional allies have taken the position that raising the minimum wage…

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Student loan nonprofit loses contract, to cut jobs

HELENA - A nonprofit company that services federal student loans plans to cut 10 to 15 jobs in Helena after losing a contract under the recent federal budget deal.

February 25, 2014 10:10 am

Guest opinion: Restore lifeline for long-term, laid-off workers

This winter, Katherine Hackett is wearing a hat and coat around her house. To save on heating costs, she keeps her thermostat set at 58 degrees. After 17 years in the health care industry, after raising two sons who are now in the military, Katherine abruptly got a pink slip and has been une…

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Montana December unemployment rate holds at 5.2 percent

HELENA — Montana's unemployment rate held steady at 5.2 percent for past three months, down from 5.7 percent at the beginning of 2013.

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David Ignatius: America: The newest emerging market?

WASHINGTON — A funny thing happened on the way to the decline of the United States and the rise of China, Brazil and other emerging markets: Many prominent analysts began wondering if the pessimistic predictions about America were wrong — and whether it was the emerging markets that were hea…

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Want to retire rich? The slow and steady approach will likely get you there

Go ahead and admit it. Every time the Powerball jackpot climbs into the stratosphere, you find yourself fantasizing about what you’d do with all those millions.

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Report: Homes see equity gains, fewer under water

WASHINGTON — As home prices rose in the second quarter, millions of borrowers regained equity, according to recent data.

October 01, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

For 12,400 Montana federal workers, shutdown creates uncertainty

With a federal government shutdown looming Monday, few agencies would say what was in store for government services or Montana’s 12,400 federal workers.

September 30, 2013 9:53 pm Related Loading…
Essmann seeks AG opinion on pension law

Essmann seeks AG opinion on pension law

HELENA — Senate President Jeff Essmann on Friday asked for an attorney general’s opinion on how a state retirement board should interpret a new law to prepare for an actuarial valuation of the Public Employees Retirement System.

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Wyoming's job market soft in last quarter 2012

CASPER — Officials with the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services say the state's job market grew marginally in the third quarter of last year.

May 16, 2013 3:57 pmLoading…
Spring greening: Homeowners saving some serious cash in refinancing boom

Spring greening: Homeowners saving some serious cash in refinancing boom

If you refinanced your mortgage in the early 2000s, you undoubtedly felt good knowing that you had taken advantage of some of the lowest rates in years. In those days, a 5 percent, 15-year mortgage seemed like a bargain.

May 01, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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