HELENA — A disproportionate share of Montana women and American Indians and other people of color are earning less than a living wage, according to a report released this week.
Question: My wife and I recently turned and are starting to think about retiring. Some of my friends have taken Social Security early at age 62, but I heard the longer you wait, the higher your benefits will be in the future. I worked full time and made a decent living. My wife only work…
WASHINGTON — Can America afford to retire? As millions of baby boomers pass their mid-60s, the specter of widespread under-saving has taken hold. It’s a scary vision. But is it likely? Probably not.
As an economist who loves the West and our open spaces, I think a lot about what makes our small towns tick. To better understand how our economies work and how to strengthen them, we first have to ask where our money comes from. The answer — non-labor income — might surprise many readers.
HAMILTON — Hamilton Police Officer Norm Williams remembers the cold, hard rain that fell on the day they found her.
WASHINGTON — We are awash in retrospectives of the “War on Poverty,” launched 50 years ago this month by Lyndon Johnson. A furious debate has developed between those (mostly liberals) who consider the war an important, if incomplete, triumph and those (mostly conservatives) who judge it a wa…
Did you miss the annual enrollment period for Medicare Part D and Advantage Plans? Here are special enrollment periods that might allow you to still change.
WASHINGTON — We may be witnessing the last gasp of early retirement – not just in the United States but in many industrialized countries. Considering the high unemployment since the 2008 financial crisis, you might expect the opposite. Early retirement would flourish. It would strike many un…
HAMILTON – A Corvallis man was floored last week when he received a letter from the Social Security Administration saying he has to pay nearly $2,000 by Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, due to a clerical error nearly 40 years ago.
A woman admitted Friday in U.S. District Court in Billings to stealing more than $41,000 in Social Security benefits for a Roundup woman who had died.
WASHINGTON — Two analysts at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis have produced an important study that should (but probably won’t) alter the climate for Washington’s stalemated budget debate. The study demolishes the widespread notion that older Americans need exceptional protection agains…
WASHINGTON — Let’s drop the whole notion of “entitlement.” Just eliminate it. Politicians, pundits and academics who talk about entitlements would then have to name the actual programs and argue their merits and demerits. This would encourage clarity and candor. Of course, that’s why it won…
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.
CASPER, Wyo. — The letter, attached to an email, bore the seal of the president of the United States.
A federal judge has ordered a Billings woman to prison for spending about $80,000 in Social Security benefits to support her drug habit instead of her son.
WASHINGTON — The bankruptcy of Detroit is an extreme example, but it is not an isolated case. State and local governments face a prolonged squeeze between costly commitments to retirees and demands for better services. Think schools, police, libraries, parks, roads and prisons. As the Great…
In many ways, the fight Brian Moyer has been waging for the past 18 months to fulfill a promise to his dying wife has just begun.
BOZEMAN — The Social Security numbers of about 4,500 past and present Montana State University employees may have been accessible to others because of a computer virus, school officials said.
HELENA — An East Helena man with a lengthy criminal record has been sentenced to over a year in federal prison for Social Security fraud.
STEVENSVILLE – Her first husband died in Vietnam and her second husband died of injuries stemming from the same war. Now, Helga Cook is losing her home.