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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.
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.
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…
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.
HELENA — Montana has the seventh-best tax climate for businesses in the 50 states in the 2014 ratings released Wednesday by the Tax Foundation.
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…
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.
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.
As the Legislature winds down, bills significant to Billings remain unsettled, lawmakers told residents during a Wednesday video conference.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HELENA — Montana has the eighth-best business tax climate nationally, a national study concludes.
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.
We all know Montana is nicknamed the Treasure State. For decades, many Montanans have worked the land, developed our abundant resources and showcased our natural beauty to visitors from around the world. We are truly blessed to live in a place like Montana.