Economy

Biden pitches big boost in education, health spending

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration released a key portion of its budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year Friday, calling for increasing money for...

State budget gets Senate approval

The Montana Senate on Thursday signed off on the state's $12.6 billion budget, rejecting amendments to defund Medicaid expansion and restore cuts made earlier...

Three visions for recreational marijuana emerge from Montana House

Montana's medical marijuana program had a rocky beginning — a ballooning number of dispensaries and patients following legalization in 2004 led to raids by...

Flagship pot bill rescued from the brink after GOP dissent

Mike Milburn, Gov. Greg Gianforte's senior advisor, was on Thursday walking the Capitol halls past the legislative chambers — where the governor had just...

House passes monumental COVID-19 aid bill

Less than three weeks after President Joe Biden signed the mammoth American Rescue Plan Act, a $1.9 trillion federal COVID-19 recovery package, Montana lawmakers...

Zoning debate in Legislature heats up with ADU proposal

Montana’s priciest cities are once more opposed to legislation that would force local governments to loosen their zoning restrictions in an effort to stimulate...

Clyde Coffee nearly shutters, will reopen in new space

Customers who wanted espresso drinks but didn’t want to wear masks yelled at Lily Anderson at Clyde Coffee during the pandemic. “One time, a man...

Gianforte capital gains tax proposal fails, is promptly revived

The state House moved Thursday to reconsider one of Gov. Greg Gianforte's tax cut plans after a surprise contingent of Republicans voted down the...

Montana House passes $12.6 billion spending plan

The state House of Representatives on Monday gave preliminary approval to the state's main budget bill, House Bill 2, following hours of debate and...

Montana Legislature takes up $350M broadband plan

About three billion good ideas — that's what's at stake over the coming weeks, as one lawmaker put it, as the state Legislature works...

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