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Montana Senator Jeff Essman, chairman of the Senate Taxation Committee, lauded the cleverness of Governor Brian Schweitzer in changing the terminology used in discussing the $400 million difference that is projected to exist between anticipated state revenues and possible expenditures. The Governor no longer refers to it as a deficit, but consistently calls it a “shortfall,” said Essman. In doing so, he implies an obligation to raise the funding rather than consider cuts, said Essman. It’s a “very artful” use of words, conceded Essman, and “it’s into this setting I’ll hopefully be going back to Helena.”
When it comes to balancing environmental concerns with business common sense, no one stands more at the crux of the issue than those doing business around Yellowstone and Teton National Parks. Faced with the uncertainties of a volatile seasonal industry, as well as having a vital interest in maintaining the natural environment, which is the primary attraction for their customers, business people in the region walk a fragile line.
The U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking nominations for the state’s top small business owners and advocates.
The SBA Montana District Office in Helena reminds business people that they depend upon nominations from business peers and associates in the process of making the 2011 Small Business Week Awards. Nominations are being accepted for outstanding small business owners and advocates in a variety of categories.
A proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency to categorize biomass as fossil fuel instead of carbon neutral could have a crippling impact on Montana’s growing biomass industry, a trade association official said.
“If the rule goes through, I think it would be an enormous (impact),” said Ellen Simpson, executive vice president of the Montana Wood Products Association, which represents the wood products industry. “It’s (biomass) a fledgling industry and a lot of things are in motion ... It could be a very big economic deal for the timber industry.”
Ten census workers from Montana were among the group that took a taxpayer-funded trip to Las Vegas this August for a lessons learned session.
The trip by about 140 census workers out of around 71,000 total employees in the 10-state Denver region made national news after it was initially reported by a Colorado television station. The total cost of the trip was around $90,000, according to a U. S. Census Bureau official.
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