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Property taxes put governor and local government leaders at odds

The supplemental property tax bills heading to property owners around the state this spring, made necessary by a November Supreme Court decision, represent a monumental headache for both local tax officials and homeowners. They also illustrate how...

 

Supplemental tax bills heading toward property owners

Last year, during a dispute with Gov. Greg Gianforte over the state's "95 mill" school equalization property tax, officials with 49 of Montana's 56 counties chose to reduce their fall tax bills...

 

January cold snap fuels Montana's coal power debate

The record-breaking cold snap Montana saw this month brought days of below-zero temperatures across the state - and with them what major Montana utility NorthWestern Energy said was record-high...

 

Federal judge blocks Montana's first-in-nation TikTok ban

A federal judge issued an order November 30th blocking Montana's first-of-its-kind ban on social media platform TikTok, preventing the ban from taking effect as scheduled on Jan. 1. The ban, which...

 

Montana Supreme Court says counties wrong on 95-mill tax issue

The Montana Supreme Court recently ruled against Montana county governments in a dispute over the Montana Department of Revenue's authority to order the full collection of the 95-mill state-level...

 
 By Eric Dietrich    Regional    June 9, 2023

How religious is Montana?

Just how religious is Montana? Given the highly personal nature of faith, there may be few concepts harder to quantify. However, the U.S. Religion Census makes an effort once a decade regardless,...

 

Gianforte signs $1 billion Republican tax rebate, tax-cut package into law

Flanked by dozens of Republican lawmakers on the steps of the state Capitol, Gov. Greg Gianforte signed a tax cut, rebate and spending package totaling more than $1 billion Monday. The eight-bill...

 

UM law professor, Montana Constitution expert nominated to 9th Circuit

University of Montana law professor and Montana Constitution expert Anthony Johnstone has been nominated by President Joe Biden to serve as a judge for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the...

 
 By Eric Dietrich    Regional    July 8, 2022

Tax-cap measure CI-121 and other initiatives will miss the fall ballot

A proposed property tax cap and three other ballot initiatives supporters had hoped to put before Montana voters in November's general election are dead in the water after failing to meet...

 
 By Eric Dietrich    Regional    June 3, 2022

In Eastern district U.S. House race, it's Rosendale versus the idealists

On paper at least, Montana's newly drawn Eastern U.S. House district is Matt Rosendale's to lose. The incumbent U.S. congressman, elected to represent the whole state by a 12-point margin in 2020,...

 

Graying Pains

by Eric Dietrich and Brad Tyer People have been parsing the human lifespan into a taxonomy of ages forever. Aristotle proposed three categories: youthful, prime of life, and elderly. Two thousand...

 

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