Wonky Word Wednesdays: Fiscal Note

Last week we discussed the difference between the Office of Budget and Program Planning (OBPP) and the Legislative Fiscal Division (LFD). We explained...

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Wonky Word Wednesdays: OBPP vs. LFD

Now that the elections are over, talk around the state will focus on the upcoming legislative session. We thought it would be best to return to...

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Policy Basics: How do property taxes work?

Property taxes play in critical role in ensuring our local communities can invest in public services that we all depend on – roads, schools, public...

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Wonky Word Wednesdays: Property Tax Rate

We are getting close to having a decent understanding of how our property taxes work in Montana. So far in wonky words we explained – mills,...

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Announcing 2nd Legislative Summit Keynote Speaker

We are pleased to announce Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever as the keynote speaker at our 2nd Legislative Summit the evening of December 9. An accomplished...

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Wonky Word Wednesdays: Homestead Exemption

We continue our series on property taxes. Today we will focus on the homestead exemption. Simply put, the homestead exemption is a way to reduce...

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On the Road: Talking about the economic benefits of pre-K

By investing in pre-K programs, we know Montana will experience significant short-term and long-term economic returns. Children will be better...

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We All Do Better When We All Do Better

Last week, the Missoula Independent published an interesting article about the fight the city is in to buy Mountain Water. As thought provoking as the...

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