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Audit dings commerce department’s tracking of tourism grant impacts

MONTANA — The Montana Department of Commerce spends millions in bed-tax revenues each year to promote the state as a tourism destination for out-of-state visitors and to support tourism-related infrastructure in Montana.  A legislative audit of the department’s 2017 fiscal year presented ...

Hutterite-commissioned study says communities’ add 2,200 jobs to state economy

MONTANA  — An economic study commissioned by a law firm representing Montana’s Lehrerleut Hutterite communities has concluded that the religious group’s collective business operations contribute $365.3 million annually to the Montana economy. The study, billed as the first of its ki...

Governor Bullock honors Elouise Cobell

News from the Office of the Governor   MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today released the following statement recognizing Nov. 5 as Elouise Cobell Day. “Today, we honor and celebrate the legacy of Elouise Cobell, a fearless Montanan who refused to allow the federal government&r...

Montana unemployment rate remains at 3.3 percent

 News from the Office of the Governor  MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock announced that Montana’s unemployment rate remained at 3.3 percent in September, with no change from the prior month. “As Montana’s unemployment rate stays low and businesses seek skilled employe...

FSA issues payments to Montana farmers

BOZEMAN – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency in Montana is processing $74,062,560 in Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage payments for the 2018 crop year. Additionally, Montana FSA will distribute $30,837,244 in Conservation Reserve Programrental payments to lan...

Bill bans members of Congress from becoming lobbyists

News from U.S. Senators WASHINGTON, D.C. – Aiming to shut the revolving door of lobbyist influence in Washington, U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) reintroduced legislation banning members of Congress from becoming lobbyists.  “Tr...

Tester presses BIA, HUD to cut burdensome red tape in Indian country

WASH. D.C. — U.S. Senator Jon Tester pressed the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Department of Housing and Urban Development to cut burdensome red tape that has prevented Montana tribal members from obtaining home loans. “The fact of the matter is that if you want to have a healthy community, you...

Make Census count

One of the most important civic duties Montanans will participate in next year is filling out and responding to the 2020 U.S. Census.  It’s the Census, done every 10 years, that’s responsible for deciding how much federal money comes into Montana. And in a small state like ours, every dol...

Briefs for Oct. 23, 2019

USDA opens 2020 enrollment for ARC and PLC Programs WASHINGTON – Agricultural producers now can enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs – two U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) safety net programs – for the 2020 crop year. Meanwhile, producers who en...

Governor Bullock calls on RNC to halt deceptive surveys

News from the Governor's office MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today sent a letter to the Republican National Committee urging the group to cease and desist from issuing imitation Census surveys in a fundraising effort.   “These imitation Census surveys are designed to confuse Mont...


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