Montana families spend more on child care than on housing or college

In a recent study by the Economic Policy Institute, researchers found that child care costs are so high that most moderate-and-low income working...

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Health Care Reform is Working in Montana and Nationwide

Last Wednesday, the Census Bureau released new data on health insurance rates, showing the benefit of health care reform and growing coverage in...

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Wonky Word Wednesdays: The Census Bureau

This week, the U.S. Census Bureau will release statistics highlighting poverty, income, and health insurance coverage from 2014. But before we dive...

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Labor Day: Paid Leave Can Help Montana's Worker Shortage

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry has released its 2015 Labor Day Report, an analysis of how wages and jobs fare in Montana and what trends...

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Back to School Series, Part 5: Academic Achievement in Indian Country

Today’s final installment on our back-to-school series will take a closer look at how state policies can support academic achievement in Indian...

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Back-to-School Series, Part 4: Educational Attainment in Montana

In part 4 of our back-to-school series, we're taking an overall look at educational attainment in Montana and what the results mean for our families,...

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Back-to-School Series, Part 3: Access to healthy school meals is key to better behavior and learning

Over the past few days we’ve examined investments in education, like Pre-K, and improving school performance through the earned income tax credit....

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Back-to-School Series, Part 2: The EITC improves school performance among recipients' children

We talk a lot about the earned income tax credit (EITC) and how enacting a state credit could help the economic security of low-income families here...

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Montana Budget & Policy Center

Shaping policy for a stronger Montana.

MBPC is a nonprofit organization focused on providing credible and timely research and analysis on budget, tax, and economic issues that impact low- and moderate-income Montana families.