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Innovation key to future of our ag economy

Big changes are occurring in the fields and prairies of Montana. For the first time since 2003, the state’s ranchers may be delivering their beef across the Pacific to China and the new agriculture secretary is taking the reins. With one eye on...

 

When politics weren't so political

We began our service in the Montana legislature forty-six years ago when political differences were as real and sharp as they are today, but when the practice of politics wasn’t as political. Then there were old New Dealers who represented a viewpo...

 

Fighting for Montana's Share

I serve as a commissioner in a county where nearly 50 percent of the land is federally owned. There are some Montana counties, such as Mineral and Sanders Counties, where the federal government owns more than 80 percent of the lands. While we all...

 

The Insatiable Thirst for Access

The Insatiable Thirst for Access By Terry L. Anderson When the Montana Supreme Court issued its decision regarding access for floating the Dearborn and Beaverhead Rivers in 1984, no one could have imagined the battles that would ensue over the next...

 

New federal employment rules will be a big change for Montana employers

A new set of rules being promulgated by the United States Department of Labor (DOL) has the potential to cause a major shift in the employment structure for most Montana employers. Unfortunately, it’s a change that many don’t yet know is coming....

 

Governors have no teeth in refugee debate

Governor Steve Bullock says he will look favorably on Middle Eastern refugees settling in Montana unless there are concerns about them posing a threat to our safety. Other Governors have also made their opinions known regarding Middle Eastern...

 

Reducing pollution does not threaten the Montana economy

NorthWestern Energy (NWE) recently forecast that federal efforts to stabilize our climate by reducing the amount of carbon pollution are bound to do significant and permanent damage to the Montana economy. In NWE’s scare story, the only way that Mo...

 

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