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The recent trial which concluded Nov. 5 regarding bison outside the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park (YNP) found the Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) continuing its argument that diseased animals should not be allowed to wander outside of the park. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Montana Department of Livestock have said bison should be able to roam as far as Yankee Jim Canyon until they're hazed back May 1.
The continuing economic slump is having a toll on Americans' psyche with many feeling flat broke. One in four considers themselves poor according to a new survey by online lender CashNetUSA.com. Sixty-nine percent believe they are not poor and six percent are still trying to decide or not willing to admit it. The findings demonstrate the continued pressure for Americans to live paycheck to paycheck and how they are managing what little financial resources they have.
Why are the same people who get so exercised about out of state influence on Montana's elections so uninterested in out of state influence on our livelihoods? Too many people who bemoan outside political spending seem to be just fine with out of state special interests and bureaucrats telling us how we can make a living, manage our lands and raise our families. Who's watching over our right to pursue happiness and foster a legacy of opportunity for our kids and grandkids while special interests try to fence the state off as a playground for the rich and a petri dish for social and environmental special interests?
If you live in Montana, chances are you know someone who has headed to the Bakken in search of it.
Thanks to that large source rock formation, and the technology that makes it accessible, North Dakota has now vaulted to the number two position among oil producers in the United States, following only Texas. August estimates show the state pacing to generate $4 billion from oil taxes during the current two-year budget cycle, nearly twice the amount forecast just a few months ago. That money, much of it banked in special reserve funds, is clearly going to mean great things for North Dakota schools, infrastructure and property tax relief.
Recent federal stimulus packages to revitalize America's troubled economy share a common heritage with the four decade-old Economic Development Administration (EDA)—they both are based on the belief that America's international competitiveness and economic growth depend on government investments. This approach is fundamentally flawed. Not only do such grants not create economic growth, they are actively harmful to it.
The Montana Farm Bureau has kicked off its “Stop the Flood of Regulation” campaign. The campaign urges Congressmen to oppose any legislation or other attempts to take the word ‘navigable’ out of the Clean Water Act. Through what is officially known as a “guidance document,” EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers are seeking to gain more control of state waters, which includes removing the word “navigable.”
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