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New record low: MT’s unemployment rate falls to 2.4%

News from the MT Dept. of Labor and Industry HELENA — Montana’s unemployment rate set a new all-time low in February, declining 0.1% to 2.4% according to data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Montana Department of Labor & Industry. The February rate of 2.4% is the lowest level of unemployment in Montana since recordkeeping began in 1976. Montana’s unemployment rate is the fourth lowest in the nation. While Montana’s unemployment rate dropped to an all-time low of 2.4% in February, the unemployment rate for the U.S. rose to 3.6%. “While we face strong national headwinds, Montanans are driving our state’s strong econ...

WIC Farm Direct Program encourages farmers to sign up

News from DPHHS MONTANA — “This is an excellent opportunity for farmers to get additional sales on their locally grown fruits and vegetables,” said Lacy Little, director of the Montana Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program that oversees Farm Direct. “It also helps WIC partic...

DPHHS requests nominations for EMS Awards

News from DPHHS MONTANA — The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) is asking Montanans to submit nominations for the annual Emergency Medical Services (EMS) awards ceremony to be held Wednesday, May 24, 2023, at the Capitol Rotunda in Helena.  The event, held during Emerg...

Budget, taxes, education, social issues likely to dominate legislature’s second half

By Caven Wade & Elinor Smith, UM Legislative News Service, University of Montana School of Journalism MONTANA — The 68th Montana Legislature, with an unprecedented Republican supermajority, is halfway through its 90-day session and the next 45 days promise to be dominated by debates over the s...

Montana’s housing puzzle at the legislative halftime Montana’s housing puzzle at the legislative halftime

HELENA — There’s broad bipartisan agreement in the Montana Capitol that rising housing costs, driven by the state’s finite supply of homes and rapid in-migration from other states, rank among the most pressing issues facing Montana residents.  According to real estate website Zillow...

How environmental policy proposals are faring at Legislature’s halfway mark How environmental policy proposals are faring at Legislature’s halfway mark

MONTANA — As the 2023 Legislature enters its second half, Montana Free Press is assessing how bills falling under the environmental umbrella — broadly defined — fared during the first 45 days of the session. Here we zero in on proposals to strike, add or amend laws and rules regulating coal...

Legislative Notes

The 2023 Legislature has made it to the session’s halfway point. For those who spend their time at the Capitol, it means marathon days, intense rhetoric, and heightened tempers.  We went into this session laser-focused on an agenda that supports Montana families, like cutting property taxes for...

Commerce launches cybersecurity program

News from the MT Department of Commerce HELENA — To protect Montana businesses and encourage strong cybersecurity practices, the Montana Department of Commerce recently announced the launch of the Montana Cybersecurity Program. Through the program, the Department of Commerce will award small to me...

Montana congressional delegates discuss issues in bi-annual address of state legislature

HELENA — All four members of Montana’s congressional delegation spoke to the Montana Legislature during a joint session of the Senate and the House on Monday, Feb. 20, talking to state lawmakers about the issues facing Congress, including the national debt and the fentanyl epidemic.  Demo...

Disabled American Veterans award Tester highest legislative honor Disabled American Veterans award Tester highest legislative honor

News from the office of Senator Tester U.S. Senate – Earlier this week, the Disabled American Veterans awarded U.S. Senator Jon Tester their 2023 Veterans’ Champion Award for his numerous legislative achievements over the years and his longstanding commitment to supporting the nation’s...

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