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Guest opinion: Cap on punitive damages good for Montana business

The Montana Supreme Court is reviewing a case that may decide whether Montana businesses will face unlimited and potentially bankrupting awards in civil lawsuits. Presently, Montana law places a reasonable cap on the amount of damages a plaintiff can receive to punish a defendant in a civil …

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Groups gearing up for newest coal fight

Groups gearing up for newest coal fight

Montanans are gearing up for the latest round in the coal wars, with industry supporters trying to protect jobs while environmentalists seek a shift to renewable energy.

July 20, 2014 4:00 am Photos

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Petroleum economist: Oil, gas industry poised to boost jobs, economy

HELENA — U.S. energy policy should encourage a domestic oil-and-gas production boom that can foster an “American renaissance” of jobs and economic development, the industry’s top economist told Montana business leaders Wednesday.  

January 08, 2014 5:15 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Protect sage grouse without killing Montana's economy

Gov. Steve Bullock has taken on a tough task: developing a greater sage grouse habitat policy that won’t harm Montana’s economy. His plan must be in place before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decides in 2015 if the bird should be listed as threatened or endangered under the U.S. Endange…

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More, unseen wrinkles in Obamacare bugging businesses – and driving up health-plan costs

HELENA — As health plans go in Montana, the Montana Contractors’ Association plan for employees at its member firms is a good one — great benefits, very little cost to employees, locally managed.

January 06, 2014 7:36 pmLoading…

Tax research group ranks Montana as 7th-best business climate

HELENA — Montana has the seventh-best tax climate for businesses in the 50 states in the 2014 ratings released Wednesday by the Tax Foundation.

October 09, 2013 5:58 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Congress must support Export-Import Bank this summer

Thinking outside the box is a good start, but policymakers looking for ways to create jobs should start thinking outside our borders, too. Exports are the gas pedal to accelerate our economic recovery, driving half of all growth since the Great Recession. It makes obvious sense — the more cr…

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Businesses, too, gearing up for launch of `Obamacare’ marketplaces

HELENA — The full launch of “Obamacare” this fall could lead to changes for some businesses’ employee health coverage in Montana — and how businesses respond could affect the entire system.

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Montana pig farmers eye Asian trade deal

When Dave Hofer’s piggies go to market, they’re often bound for Japan or China, which is why the Montana Hutterite is closely watching Trans Pacific free trade talks.

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Area legislators meet with constituents about key bills

Area legislators meet with constituents about key bills

As the Legislature winds down, bills significant to Billings remain unsettled, lawmakers told residents during a Wednesday video conference.

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Bullock touts chamber's support for Medicaid expansion

Bullock touts chamber's support for Medicaid expansion

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock made sure Friday that it will be a little harder for Republicans to oppose votes expected next week on Medicaid expansion, pointing out that now even the conservative-leaning Montana Chamber of Commerce endorses the program.

March 30, 2013 8:30 am Photos

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Montana panel considers limiting back wages claims

HELENA — A bill to limit damages awarded to people unlawfully fired from their jobs would make it more difficult for former employees to take legal action against an employer, opponents of the measure said Friday.

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Bill seeks to simplify income taxes, drop tax breaks

Bill seeks to simplify income taxes, drop tax breaks

HELENA — A major proposal to revamp Montana’s income tax won support Thursday from some groups, but faced opposition from others seeking to keep their tax breaks.

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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.

January 13, 2013 1:00 pmLoading…
UM study: Expanding state's coal mines would be boon to economy

UM study: Expanding state's coal mines would be boon to economy

A study commissioned by the Montana Chamber of Commerce and completed by the University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research found that expanding the state’s coal mines would significantly impact Montana’s economy.

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Lindeen says opponent Skees not in the mainstream

Lindeen says opponent Skees not in the mainstream

HELENA — State Auditor Monica Lindeen argues as she campaigns for re-election that her opponent is too extreme for a post charged with regulating insurance and securities companies.

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Daines, Gillan start scrapping in low-key race for open U.S. House seat

HELENA — Democrat Kim Gillan, who’s running for Montana’s open U.S. House seat, says her Republican opponent Steve Daines is little more than a conservative ideologue, whose dogmatic approach to the nation’s problems will just lead to more gridlock in Congress.

October 07, 2012 12:10 am Photos

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UM economist sees promising economic signs for Montana

UM economist sees promising economic signs for Montana

There are clear signs of improvement in the Montana economy but conditions in the large, rural state are still subject to unpredictable changes around the globe, a University of Montana economist says.

July 22, 2012 12:00 pmLoading…

Study says Montana has one of best business tax climates; Wyoming is tops

HELENA — Montana has the eighth-best business tax climate nationally, a national study concludes.

January 25, 2012 11:55 pmLoading…

Rehberg gets Senate challenge from the right

HELENA - A Terry farmer unknown to statewide politics is creating a U.S. Senate race primary challenge to Republican Congressman Denny Rehberg, who remains focused on unseating freshman Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester in November.

January 19, 2012 4:27 pm Related Loading…

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