Economy

Report: Montana tourism rebounds in 2021 to near pre-pandemic levels

BY: - May 20, 2022

Montana’s tourism industry continued to bounce back in 2021, according to a new report from researchers at the University of Montana, with non-resident spending surpassing pre-pandemic levels and visitation numbers nearly reaching their former heights. Around 12.5 million tourists spent $5.15 billion in the state last year, contributing roughly $387 million in state and local […]

U.S. House to vote on $28 million for FDA to relieve infant formula shortage

BY: - May 17, 2022

WASHINGTON — Democratic appropriators in the U.S. House unveiled a $28 million emergency spending bill Tuesday intended to address a nationwide infant formula shortage that has left parents and caregivers struggling to find food for babies. The U.S. House is expected to vote this week on the bill, which would provide funding to the U.S. Food […]

Biden pledges more support for farmers, ‘the backbone of freedom’

BY: - May 17, 2022

At an Illinois farm last week, President Joe Biden announced federal assistance to alleviate costs for farmers and consumers and ensure there is enough food to meet world demand as Russia’s war in Ukraine continues. Biden said he will double the recently announced federal funding to boost domestic fertilizer production. He also pledged to extend […]

U.S. House panel weighs labor law amendment to protect workers from wage theft

BY: - May 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. House lawmakers questioned several labor experts Wednesday before a House Education and Labor panel about how a new bill to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 would protect workers from wage theft. House Appropriations Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro introduced the bill, H.R. 3712, known as the “Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery […]

Travel nurses see fortunes change as COVID money dries up

BY: - May 14, 2022

Tiffanie Jones was a few tanks of gas into her drive from Tampa, Florida, to Cheyenne, Wyoming, when she found out her travel nurse contract had been canceled. Jones, who has been a nurse for 17 years, caught up with a Facebook group for travel nurses and saw she wasn’t alone. Nurses had reported abruptly […]

Biden administration looks for ways to alleviate infant formula shortage

BY: - May 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration sought to assuage parents’ concerns over an ongoing infant formula shortage Thursday, though officials couldn’t offer a timeline for when store shelves would be fully stocked again. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the administration is working to “cut red tape,” increase imports of formula and broaden what types […]

Four Montana organizations to receive nearly $10M from EPA for cleanup

BY: - May 12, 2022

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that four Montana organizations will receive nearly $10 million in revolving loan funds to clean up brownfields, or sites where reuse is complicated by pollution. “With this funding, four impactful organizations will advance the progress they’ve already made cleaning up and redeveloping polluted sites across the State of […]

U.S. House passes $40 billion Ukraine aid package with broad bipartisan support

BY: - May 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to provide an additional $40 billion in economic, humanitarian and military assistance to Ukraine as its troops continue fighting back against Russia’s invasion. The legislation, released just hours before, now goes to the U.S. Senate, where leaders hope to quickly send the bill to President Joe Biden’s […]

Democrats from the West push update of 150-year-old federal mining law

BY: - May 10, 2022

Democrats in Congress are hoping to overhaul the nation’s 150-year-old system for mining the elements needed for battery manufacturing, as high gas prices and Russia’s war in Ukraine underline the need to transition from oil and gas to renewable energy sources. U.S. House Natural Resources Chairman Raúl Grijalva of Arizona and U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich […]

Montana has distributed $56M in rental assistance, given back $53M

BY: - May 9, 2022

Housing officials with the State of Montana literally could not spend more money on housing assistance, including the “Emergency Rental Assistance” federal relief. And it’s not for lack of trying. While Montana has so far had to return more than $53 million to the federal government that was designated for emergency rental assistance, the program’s […]

Thieves hit on a new fraud: Synthetic identity theft

BY: - May 9, 2022

In fall 2020, 43-year-old Adam Arena and a dozen suspected co-conspirators were indicted in New York on charges of trying to swindle banks out of more than $1 million through a scheme known as “synthetic identity fraud.” They combined real Social Security numbers with mismatched or phony names to create new identities, according to investigators. […]

Bernie Sanders at U.S. Senate hearing rips Amazon over union opposition

BY: - May 5, 2022

WASHINGTON — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders took Amazon to task Thursday at a congressional hearing, bashing the online giant’s leadership for fighting union drives and questioning whether the federal government should continue contracting with the multibillion-dollar company. Amazon executives didn’t attend the hearing but U.S. senators did hear from labor unions and the U.S. Government […]