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Montana to Launch Return-to-Work Bonuses to Address Workforce Shortage

Governor Greg Gianforte announced two measures to address the state’s severe workforce shortage and incentivize Montanans to reenter the labor force. The State of Montana will launch a return-to-work bonus program, utilizing federal funds...

 

Montana Farmers Union Appreciates Lawmakers Ler and Bogner for Action on Meat Inspection Bill

Montana Farmers Union appreciates the efforts of two state law makers whose work to amend HB 2, a budget bill, which will allow the state to explore more opportunities for meat processing as well as level the playing field for custom butchers. The tw...

 

Montana Regains 2nd Congressional Seat With 2020 Census

Montana will regain its second congressional seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to the 2020 Census state population count released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. The count reveals that Montana’s population grew from 989,415...

 

Governor's Office Issues Montana Water and Supply Drought Outlook Report

The Office of the Governor released the 2021 Montana Water and Supply Drought Outlook Report. According to data in the report, 42 percent of the state is classified as abnormally dry, with another 18 percent of the state in severe to extreme drought...

 

FWP to Continue Offering Online Hunter, Bowhunter Education Classes

During the last year, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks offered hunter and bowhunter education classes online due to COVID concerns. Since last spring, more than 17,000 Montanans completed the online courses, which is nearly double the number of...

 

Missing & Murdered Indigenous Persons Crisis Bill Signed

Governor Greg Gianforte signed two bills to help address the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP) in Montana. “Montana faces a tragic trend of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons, and we must bring all resources to bear in...

 

Bill to Support Wildland Firefighters Introduced

U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced a bipartisan bill, the “Wildland Firefighter Recognition Act,” to support wildland firefighters. The bipartisan bill would require the Office of Personnel Management...

 

Montana's Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.8% in March

Montana’s unemployment rate declined in March to 3.8%, the state’s third consecutive month of lower unemployment rates. Nationwide, the unemployment rate was 6.0% in March. “For the third consecutive month this year, Montana has seen the...

 

Rosendale Introduces the "No Taxpayer Funding for Vaccine Passports Act"

Representative Rosendale and his colleagues introduced the “No Taxpayer Funding for Vaccine Passports Act.” This bill would prohibit any federal funds from being used to implement, enforce, or assist in the establishment of a COVID–19 vaccine...

 

Emergency Rent, Utility Assistance Available for Montanans Financially Impacted by COVID-19

Governor Greg Gianforte announced that the Montana Emergency Rental Assistance program is taking applications from Montanans who have lost income and are at risk of housing instability due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The last year has brought real,...

 

SB 379 is Bad For Business

Senate Bill 379 is a bill that is anti-jobs and anti-economic development. For a legislature supposedly focused on the Governor’s rightful concerns for entrepreneurship, it’s a real step backward. Higher electricity bills will harm efforts to...

 

Let's Talk...Election Integrity Act of 2021

By now I am sure that anyone who watches the news has seen the spat about the revamping of Georgia’s voting laws. I listened as the President stood at the podium and made many claims about the bill – calling it Jim Crow on steroids. That is...

 

Protect Children, Not Guns - an Initiative

On April 20, 1999, Americans witnessed a once unthinkable and no unforgettable tragedy at Columbine high School. We watched in horror as frightened children fled with their hands up, frantic parents...

 

Gianforte Signs Bill Prohibiting Sanctuary Cities in Montana

Governor Greg Gianforte signed a bill into law that bans sanctuary cities in Montana. “We are a nation of laws, and immigration laws will be enforced in Montana,” Governor Greg Gianforte said. “HB 200 ensures drug dealers, human traffickers,...

 

Grizzly Bears Retain Status Under Endangered Species Act

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed their 5 year status review of the grizzly bear in the lower 48 states and announced that they will recommend the species retains their threatened status under the “Endangered Species Act.” Senator...

 

USCA Responds to USDA Request for Feedback on COVID Response Programs

In response to a request for feedback by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) on the development of coronavirus response programs, the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) submitted specific...

 

Montana Selected for Academy on Cybersecurity Policy

Governor Greg Gianforte announced March 29th that Montana is one of four states selected to participate in the National Governors Association’s (NGA) 2021 Policy Academy to Advance Whole-of-State Cybersecurity. In the new policy academy, Montana...

 

Downing Targets Skyrocketing Drug Prices

As the regulatory agency for the insurance industry in Montana, we are tasked to review health insurance rates offered by commercial plans, like Blue Cross or Pacific Source. One clear and unchanging trend is that health insurance plans spend a treme...

 

Targeted COVID Package Will Reopen Our Economy

One year into this pandemic, Montanans are finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Our vaccines are safe and effective, COVID cases are falling thanks to the tireless efforts of our frontline health care workers, and Spring is on...

 

Senators Introduce Spot Market Bill, MFU Approves

On March 24th, U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced a bill to require each U.S. meat processing facility that slaughters over 125,000 head of cattle each year to purchase fifty percent of their weekly volume of beef...

 

Montana's Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.9% in February

Montana’s unemployment rate dropped in February to 3.9%, after falling to 4.0% in January. The unemployment rate for the U.S. was 6.2% in February. “Montana’s unemployment rate continues its downward trend, but too many of our businesses are...

 

The Free Money Game: When Will Republicans Wise Up?

Every election cycle, you can count on Republican candidates promising to reduce the size and cost of government, and in general, getting government out of our businesses and out of our daily lives. Yet as every session of the legislature...

 

Montana Taxpayers Should Not Foot the Bill for Liberal Agenda Disguised as COVID Relief

Over the course of 2020, Congress passed five bipartisan COVID-19 relief packages. Republicans were in the majority in the Senate and President Trump was in office. As Republicans, we committed to working in a bipartisan manner to deliver needed...

 
 By Jon Ebelt    Government    March 24, 2021

State Health Agency Continues to Work with CDC on Surveillance for Variant Strains

Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) officials announced today the state now has 19 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 virus variant strains. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notified DPHHS late yesterday...

 

Healthcare Premium Reductions Announced

Montanans who purchase their health insurance through healthcare.gov may be eligible for premium savings. Montana Insurance Commissioner Troy Downing advises anyone enrolled in these health plans to review their policies following the recent passage...

 

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