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 By Eric Dietrich    News    April 7, 2021

Multibillion stimulus bill aims to spur Montana into post-COVID prosperity

HELENA — Racing to beat a procedural deadline, Montana lawmakers have advanced a first-draft plan for spending billions of dollars in federal stimulus money through an initial vote in the state House less than three weeks after President Joe Biden...

 
 By Eric Dietrich    News    March 17, 2021

New round of federal COVID-19 aid means billions for state of Montana

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, passed by U.S. Congress Wednesday and heading to the desk of President Joe Biden, will bring billions of stimulus dollars into Montana under the auspices of a wide-ranging effort to pull the...

 

Montana Legislature : How will the GOP spend its mandate?

On November 3, Montana voters gave the GOP unified control of state government, electing a Republican to the governor's office for the first time in 16 years, Republican candidates to all statewide offices, and expanding GOP majorities in the state...

 

When local news isn't local

A late July article from Big Sky Times looks at first glance like a piece of old-fashioned investigative journalism, published on what appears to be a modern news website. "Montana media, GOP failed to investigate Bullock's conduct," reads its...

 

High court avoids 'impermissible bias' question in solar utility ruling

HELENA - The Montana Supreme Court has upheld a ruling from last year in which a state District Court judge criticized the Montana Public Service Commission's handling of a rate contract dispute between a solar power developer and NorthWestern...

 
 By Eric Dietrich    News    August 19, 2020

Analysts say state budget looks OK for next year

HELENA - State government is facing a $300 million-plus revenue cliff in the coming year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, legislative analysts told lawmakers last week. Regardless, it's looking...

 
 By Eric Dietrich    News    August 12, 2020

Counties will have option to conduct all-mail elections in November

HELENA - Gov. Steve Bullock issued a directive Thursday giving Montana counties the option of shifting to all-mail ballots for the November general election as they did for the June primary, saying the order gives local election authorities a way to...

 
 By Eric Dietrich    News    June 17, 2020

Lagging rural census response could cost Montana second U.S. House seat

HELENA - Members of the commission tasked with redrawing Montana's legislative boundaries following the 2020 census expressed frustration over the state's dragging response rate in Native communities and other rural areas June 10, citing complication...

 
 By Eric Dietrich    News    June 10, 2020

Familiar names headed to general election for Montana's federal seats

When it comes time for Montana voters to decide who they'll send to Washington, D.C., in November, the names on the ballot will be familiar. As U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, a Republican, looks to win his second six-year term, he'll be challenged by...

 
 By Eric Dietrich    News    May 6, 2020

Task Force shares recommendations

HELENA - An advisory council appointed to help Gov. Steve Bullock decide how to spend $1.25 billion in coronavirus relief money from the federal government submitted its formal recommendations...

 
 By Eric Dietrich    News    April 29, 2020

Bullock details phased reopening plan

HELENA - Gov. Steve Bullock unveiled the state's official plan April 22 for gradually shifting Montana out of anti-coronavirus emergency mode, specifying dates for scaling back his stay-at-home directive and reopening some non-essential businesses...

 
 By Eric Dietrich    News    April 15, 2020

Who - and why - Montana tests for COVID-19

HELENA - Jim Murphy, Montana's chief epidemiologist, has heard the same stories most everyone in the state has heard about residents who've made unsuccessful attempts to get themselves tested for...

 
 By Eric Dietrich    News    April 8, 2020

What the $2 trillion stimulus bill means for Montana

Editor's Note: This story was originally published by Montana Free Press. For more information, please visit www.montanafreepress.org HELENA - Four days after President Donald Trump signed the...

 

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