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  • Legislative Preview 2018 :

    Marti Liechty, Community News Service UM School of Journalism|Updated Dec 27, 2018

    A sales tax in Montana has been a political lightning rod for years, but more voices are pushing the idea of allowing cities and communities to adopt a local version in an effort to reduce property taxes. Montana is one of only five states that does not impose a general or local sales tax and fast-growing communities fighting increasing housing costs and tourist destinations plan to argue they should allow local voters to decide whether to impose a community sales tax. It is...

  • Visions for Montana's economy clash in fight over Initiative 186

    MARTI LIECHTY, Community News Service UM School of Journalism|Updated Oct 9, 2018

    The controversy over ballot Initiative 186 seems to be about two competing visions for Montana’s future economy, and water quality underlies them both. The ballot measure, if passed, would amend the state’s 1971 Metal Mine Reclamation Act to provide for an additional $115,000 to $118,000 in annual revenue for Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality. The money would be used to analyze pollution cleanup plans in new mining permits. The initiative supported by the Yes for Responsible Mining coalition is backed by Monta...

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