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One-sided dam breaching effort doomed to fail

News from the office of Senator Steve Daines U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines, along with Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), sent a letter to President Biden regarding severe concerns over the administration’s efforts to breach the lower Snake River dams.  The effort, outlined in September in the “Memorandum on Restoring Healthy and Abundant Salmon, Steelhead, and Other Native Fish Populations in the Columbia River Basin,” highlighted the goal of salmon restoration. However, the memo ignores Congressional authority over the dams, scientific data that supports the current state of the dams, the views of regional partners and the...

IRS to delay burdensome 1099-K reporting requirement

News from the office of Senator Tester BIG SANDY — After applying continued pressure on the agency, U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced on Nov. 1 that he successfully pushed the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to delay implementation of its 1099-K reporting requirement that would have unnecessarily b...

Warning: Misleading solicitations addressed to Montana businesses

News from the office of Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen HELENA — Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen is warning Montana businesses of misleading solicitations regarding various certificates and documents. Montana’s business community notified the Secretary of State’s Off...

MT reaches 24th consecutive month of unemployment below 3%

News from the Montana Dept. of Labor & Industry HELENA — Governor Greg Gianforte today announced Montana reached its 24th consecutive month of unemployment below 3%. Prior to the governor taking office, Montana’s unemployment rate had fallen below 3% only three times since record-keeping...

Commerce connects Montana’s veterans to housing support

News from Montana Dept. of Commerce HELENA — The Montana Department of Commerce facilitates federal rental assistance for Montana’s veterans. Administered by Commerce, HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH) provides rental assistance, case management and clinical services...

Aquatic invasive species grant applications open

News from DNRC HELENA — The Montana Invasive Species Council is now accepting applications for 2024 Aquatic Invasive Species Grants. The application period ends on Jan. 7, 2024. AIS grants are intended to increase local capacity and involvement to address AIS issues. Projects that focus on AIS ...

Zinke introduces Fill the Lake Act

News from the office of Congressman Ryan Zinke WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Nov. 16, Western Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke introduced the Fill the Lake Act. The legislation would require the Department of Interior to maintain a minimum pool level on Flathead Lake of 2892’ MSL (mean sea level) and ...

Sen. Tester condemns anti-Semitism in Montana

News from the office of Senator Tester U.S. Senate — In response to the recent white nationalist demonstration outside of Har Shalom synagogue in Missoula, U.S. Senator Jon Tester recently called on the Biden Administration to provide additional resources to strengthen security for rural synagogue...

Tester reintroduces Act to protect 384 miles of Montana rivers

News from the office of Senator Tester U.S. Senate – On Nov. 16, U.S. Senator Jon Tester re-introduced his Montana Headwaters Legacy Act, legislation that will protect 384 miles of Montana rivers — the most significant wild and scenic designation in nearly 45 years. “Protecting publ...

Tester presses SEC to require corporations disclose lobbying expenditures

U.S SENATE — To remove the corrosive influence of corporations and dark money on our democracy, U.S. Senator Jon Tester sent a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) pressing the agency to take immediate action to require corporations to disclose their lobbying expenditures. Writing ...


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