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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...

Where’s recreational weed money going?

The long-awaited plan to implement the adult-use recreational marijuana program that voters approved in the last election has arrived at the Capitol and could...

Montana’s earned income tax credit looks to receive a boost

Legislative Democrats have revived a proposal to boost the amount of cash that Montanans get from the state earned income tax credit, removing an...

Attorneys general: Tax-cut rule is ‘unprecedented and unconstitutional’

WASHINGTON — Republican attorneys general from 21 states are attacking the $1.9 trillion pandemic relief law as an “unprecedented and unconstitutional infringement” on state sovereignty because it...

Unemployment backlog on menu for ARPA spending

The state Department of Labor and Industry is looking to use an estimated $5.2 million in the recent federal COVID-19 aid package to modernize...

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