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Gianforte Declares Wildland Fire State of Emergency in Montana

Governor Greg Gianforte today issued an executive order declaring a statewide wildland fire emergency in Montana. “Montana faces critical fire conditions that pose significant threats to our communities, infrastructure, first responders, and way...

 

Tester Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Combat Housing Shortage for Volunteer Firefighters and First Responders

Amid a historic drought gripping Montana, U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced that impacted Montana farmers and ranchers will begin receiving financial and technical assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA also...

 

Tester Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Combat Housing Shortage for Volunteer Firefighters and First Responders

Amid a dangerous start to an early fire season, U.S. Senator Jon Tester this week introduced his bipartisan Volunteer First Responder Housing Act to expand eligibility for qualified volunteer first responders to participate in certain federal...

 

USDA Announces $600 Million to Increase Meat Processing Through the American Rescue Plan, Following Tester Push

Following his direct appeal to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last month urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to make investments in new meat processing facilities, U.S. Senator Jon Tester celebrated the USDA announcement that it...

 
 By TASHA GIBBY    Government    July 7, 2021

USDA Announces Targeted Signup Period to Support Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry in Montana

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is holding a targeted signup to support climate-smart agriculture and forestry through voluntary conservation practices in 10 states, including Montana. This assistance, available through the Environmental...

 

Govs. Gianforte, Little Urge President Biden To Commit to "Active, Responsive" Partnership on Wildfires

Governors Greg Gianforte of Montana and Brad Little of Idaho urged President Biden to commit to an “active, responsive” partnership with states in wildfire response, wildfire preparedness, and active forest management. Govs. Gianforte and Little...

 

DEQ Holding Public Comment for Draft EIS for Proposed Tailings Reprocessing Project at GSM

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the potential environmental impacts from a proposed tailing reprocessing project at the Golden Sunlight Mine (GSM). GSM is located...

 

Daines Introduces Bill to Lower Prescription Drug Costs, Expand Treatment for Montanans

U.S. Senator Steve Daines, Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, introduced the “Lower Costs, More Cures Act,” which will support Montanans by lowering prescription drug prices, increasing transparency in the complex...

 

Tester Secures $55.2 Million to Expand State Meat Processing Capacity and Access

As a part of his years long fight to increase local meat processing capacity in Montana and reduce consolidation in the meatpacking industry, U.S. Senator Jon Tester has secured $55.2 million in competitive grand funding that will provide critical re...

 

Property Appraisal Notices Coming from Department of Revenue

The Montana Department of Revenue is mailing property classification and appraisal notices to all owners of residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural land properties, showing their market and taxable values for the 2021-2022 two-year...

 
 By Sue Kerver    Government    June 23, 2021

USDA Launches Grant Program to Help Expand Regional Economies and Create High-Wage Jobs in Distressed Rural Communities

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Rural Business-Cooperative Service Administrator Karama Neal unveiled a new grant program to help rural communities create good-paying jobs and support new business opportunities in...

 

BLM Puts Fire Restrictions on North Hills Near Helena

With record-breaking heat and dry fuels conditions keeping firefighters nervously eyeing the horizon for smoke plumes, the North Hills near Helena are particularly vulnerable to the smallest spark. The area is still reeling from the 2019 fire which...

 

Tester Provisions to Improve Infrastructure, Cut Red Tape

As part of his ongoing work to keep Montanans connected to boost the economy, several commonsense provisions championed by U.S. Senator Jon Tester to cut red tape and improve infrastructure in the transportation industry cleared the Senate Commerce C...

 

Rosendale Expanding Access To Mental Health Services Act

Representative Rosendale introduced the Expanding Access to Mental Health Services Act, which would permanently broaden mental health options, including intake examinations and therapy, via telehealth for Americans on Medicare. Before the start of...

 

ARPA Advisory Commission Meets June 28

The ARPA Infrastructure Advisory Commission will hold a virtual meeting Monday, June 28, 2021, at 10 a.m. The meeting will be live-streamed at leg.mt.gov. To join the meeting via Zoom, please email Shawna Swanz at Shawna.swanz@mt.gov to registe...

 

June is PTSD Awareness Month

June is PTSD Awareness Month. Though most often associated with veterans who experienced atrocities of war, anyone, including children and teens, can suffer with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Children typically recover quickly from stressful...

 

Applicants Needed for Lower Yellowstone Advisory Committee

Public access along the lower Yellowstone River is a rare commodity. However, a new committee convened by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and sponsored by Gov. Greg Gianforte is looking to improve access here and as a result protect fish and wildlife...

 

Gov. Gianforte Launches Come Home Montana Campaign

Governor Greg Gianforte launched a website as part of the administration's new campaign to encourage Montanans, who have moved to other states, to come back home to Montana. "For too long, Montana's...

 

Gianforte Announces Commissions to Distribute ARPA Funds

Governor Greg Gianforte announced four commissions to provide recommendations for allocating federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act. The commissions – focusing on infrastructure, communications, economic stabilization/workforce, and...

 

USDA to Begin Loan Payments to Socially Disadvantaged Borrowers under American Rescue Plan Act Section 1005

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) published the first notice of funding availability (NOFA) (PDF, 242 KB) announcing loan payments for eligible borrowers with qualifying direct farm loans under the American Rescue Plan Act...

 

Gov. Gianforte Signs HB 701, Authorizing HEART Fund

Gov. Gianforte signed House Bill 701 which implements Montana's adult-use recreational marijuana program and authorizes the Healing and Ending Addiction through Recovery and Treatment (HEART) Fund....

 

Daines Leads Hearing on MT Mental Health, Addiction Challenges

As the top Republican on the U.S. Senate Finance Subcommittee on Heath Care, Senator Steve Daines, on Wednesday, May 12th, led a hearing on improving mental health and addiction services in our communities, where he highlighted the impact of the...

 

Gianforte Signs Pro-Consumer Bill to Lower Prescription Drug Costs

Governor Greg Gianforte signed a pro-consumer bill to bring transparency and accountability to pharmacy benefit managers (PBM) and help reduce the costs of prescription drugs. “A lack of transparency into PBMs’ practices has long contributed to...

 

New Town Councilors Seated

At the May meeting of the Whitehall Town Council new town councilors Bill Lanes and Linda Jung were approved and seated. Lanes, who was mistakenly serving for the wrong ward, now serves in Ward 1 (replacing Logan Reiff) and Jung will serve Ward 2....

 

Governor Gianforte's Return-to-Work Bonus Gives Montana Businesses a Boost of Confidence

Montana businesses are applauding Governor Gianforte’s recent “Return-to-Work Bonus” initiative. The plan is bold, innovative and a welcome bump to our economic recovery. Early last winter, the Montana Chamber Board, led by Chairman Paul...

 

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