Economy

Labor leader Shuler touts union support as possible auto strikes loom

BY: - September 4, 2023

Support for unions is growing amid shifting working conditions and labor disputes around the country, according to Liz Shuler, the president of the largest labor group in the country. In Shuler’s comments Tuesday at the AFL-CIO’s first State of the Unions event in Washington, she cited polling that showed support for unions cut across party […]

Montana Attorney General argues state’s TikTok ban doesn’t violate First Amendment

BY: - August 23, 2023

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen argued the recently passed law banning TikTok in Montana doesn’t impede the First Amendment or violate commerce regulations in court documents submitted last week. In a court filing by an attorney for Knudsen in opposition to TikTok’s request for a preliminary injunction, Knudsen rejected arguments made by the social media […]

Here’s what to know about new federal policies for repaying student loans

BY: - August 22, 2023

WASHINGTON — Following the Supreme Court’s summer ruling against 40 million federal student loan borrowers who would have qualified for debt relief, the Biden administration crafted a year-long delay in repayments. The policy, known as an on-ramp, is set to begin next month. Additionally, hours after the Supreme Court’s decision, the Department of Education unveiled […]

That 1% cut in federal spending in the debt limit law? It’s complicated.

BY: - August 17, 2023

WASHINGTON — The debt limit law Congress approved earlier this year included a much-publicized provision that would cut all federal spending by 1% if Republicans and Democrats fail to reach agreement on the dozen government funding bills before Jan. 1. That sounds pretty threatening. But, the across-the-board automatic spending cut wouldn’t actually have any real-world […]

Farm bill timeline in flux as a messy September for Congress nears

BY: - August 15, 2023

WASHINGTON — The roundtables, listening sessions and appearances at farm shows have largely wrapped up and lawmakers tasked with reauthorizing the nation’s agriculture and nutrition programs are comparing notes and beginning to draft the massive, multi-year farm bill. The 2018 version expires Sept. 30, just as many urgent priorities compete for floor time in Congress […]

Former Montana revenue director says property tax system ‘rigged,’ ‘broken’

BY: - August 14, 2023

Homeowners and renters in Montana are about to experience the largest property tax increase in history — and it’s by design, said Dan Bucks, former head of the Montana Department of Revenue. They’ll pay nearly $200 million more altogether, Bucks said. On the other hand, he said, large entities such as telecommunications companies received a […]

New affordable housing model gives 75-year-old poet permanent home

BY: - August 9, 2023

When Gary Lundy first moved to Missoula, he paid the rent on his Northside apartment sight unseen, at least in person. He didn’t get the key for maybe a week. When he did, he figured the home a half block from the train tracks was meant to be. “The key was a fairy, and I […]

States seek to let teens as young as 14 serve booze in restaurants

BY: - August 7, 2023

WASHINGTON — As a former bartender and current tipped worker, Trupti Patel knows that customers tend to get grabby when there is alcohol involved. After working in the food service industry for more than a decade, she is accustomed to dealing with drunk customers who get out of hand, especially if they become belligerent or […]

New affordable housing model preserves home for native Missoulian

BY: - August 7, 2023

Reid Reimers grew up in Missoula, and his 92-year-old grandma still lives in the Garden City. His father was part of the first class of students at a school that became Sentinel High. Reimers, 41, has roots here. Now, after having moved umpteen times in the same town in just a few years and having […]

‘Loved to death:’ New report says tourism that drives the state’s economy can hurt local cities

BY: - August 3, 2023

We may be loving Montana to death. Literally. A new report, published by Headwaters Economics, which specializes in studying, researching and policies for the western U.S., has recently released, “Amenity Trap: How high-amenity communities can avoid being loved to death.” Its authors conclude that, while not focusing on Montana solely, the Treasure State is a […]

Split in U.S. House GOP raises potential for government shutdown this fall

BY: - August 2, 2023

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress jetted off for the August recess without a plan in place to avoid a partial government shutdown when the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1 — and the lawmakers who write spending bills acknowledge that it’s a real possibility, given deep divisions. The stalemate stems from a split among House […]

‘We should not fear a government shutdown’: Far-right U.S. House members slam spending bills

BY: - July 25, 2023

WASHINGTON — A handful of ultra-conservative U.S. House Republicans rebuked their leadership on Tuesday over the annual government funding process, but appeared at odds on whether they should force a government shutdown later this year. Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs at a news conference mostly ruled out a funding lapse, though Virginia Rep. Bob Good left […]