Two weeks ago, a Gazette opinion urged Montana voters to scrutinize Charter Communication’s effort to cut its taxes by proposing Initiative 172.
HELENA — Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock and a Republican senator on Friday toured a Helena bakery that next year no longer will have to pay a property tax on its business equipment under a new law.
Budgetary gridlock in Washington has led to one crisis after another. It has weakened America’s economy, disgusted the public and damaged our international standing.
More than half of the 30 Lockwood residents who showed up at a public meeting Tuesday night said they would be willing to tax themselves to pay for paved walkways and streetlights in their community, and another quarter said they would be willing to pay for only sidewalks.
The 2013 legislative session is upon us, and it is important for Billings to work together on important policy issues. Together, the Billings Chamber/CVB and our community partners developed the following four general categories.
If you’re thinking about selling a business that you’ve steadily built over the years, or if the market has boosted the value of certain shares within your stock portfolio, it’s a good idea to pull the trigger before the end of the year, financial experts say.
JACKSON, Wyo. — Teton County government workers probably will get their first raise in five years in 2013.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Fortunately, not everything is up to date in Kansas City. Esther George, president of the regional Federal Reserve Bank here, is refreshingly retrograde regarding what less-circumspect people welcome as the modernizing of the nation’s central bank into a central economic p…
HELENA — Republican governor candidate Rick Hill on Wednesday proposed using the state’s share of oil, gas and coal revenues to partly change how K-12 schools are funded and reduce property taxes.
CASPER, Wyo. — The state's income from investments surpassed projections by $246.5 million for the 2012 fiscal year, according to a report issued Friday by the state treasurer's office.
The Billings City Council approved spending $182 million in the operating budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.
Cities, counties and school districts are facing a one-two punch: simultaneous drops in property tax revenue and state aid. The blows come even as demand for services is growing. This fiscal squeeze — not seen since 1980 — has resulted in painful choices for local governments large and small.
WASHINGTON — It isn’t getting much coverage, but the Congressional Budget Office has just issued its latest long-term budget outlook. Frankly, there’s not much news here. The long-term prospect is bleak. The basic question remains: How much will the costs of retiring baby boomers crowd other…
WASHINGTON — After trying to tax Illinois to governmental solvency and economic dynamism, Pat Quinn, a Democrat who has been governor since 2009, now says “our rendezvous with reality has arrived.” Actually, Illinois is still reality-averse, so Americans may soon learn the importance of the …
The approval rating of Congress has hit an all-time low of just 11 percent. Our representatives could not even agree on a one-year extension of the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits extension prior to the holidays, so they kicked the can down the road with a very short term extension…
HELENA -- A federal tax credit that has helped wind-power projects in Montana is set to expire the end of this year -- and efforts to renew it are up in the air.
WASHINGTON — We Americans fool ourselves if we ignore the parallels between Europe’s problems and our own. It’s reassuring to think them separate, and the fixation on the euro — Europe’s common currency — buttresses that mindset. But Europe’s turmoil is more than a currency crisis and was in…
In the three weeks left to complete its deficit-reduction plan, the congressional supercommittee should take some bipartisan recommendations given Tuesday by four Americans who have extensively studied the nation’s debt crisis: Erskine Bowles, Alan Simpson, Pete Domenici and Alice Rivlin.
JACKSON, Wyo. -- Sales tax revenue at the town of Jackson for August is at the highest level since 2008.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Wyoming lawmakers are weighing how to handle hundreds of millions of dollars in extra revenue when they meet next year to craft a state budget, with ideas ranging from spending some of the windfall on road work to putting most of it in savings.