The Montana Manufacturing Extension Center at Montana State University recently received funding for the first year of a three-year project to train MMEC engineers and other engineers and technicians working for wind equipment manufacturing companies in Montana and elsewhere.
“Energy development is very important to Montana’s economic future. The capacity to manufacture components and equipment that produce energy can play a key role in this economic future. This grant will help Montana manufacturers participate in the wind energy and wind turbine industries,” said Steve Holland, MMEC director.
SBA’s Montana District Office saw a 25 percent increase in loan activity from fiscal year 2009 to 2010 fiscal year (October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2010). The Montana District Office approved a total of 597 7(a) and 504 loans valued at $97 million for FY2010. This compares to 479 loans worth $78 million for the previous year.
District Director Michelle Johnston acknowledged that the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act had a definite impact.
Some long-time state employees have accrued thousands of hours in unused time off that would in some cases pay them tens of thousands of dollars upon leaving their jobs, Montana Watchdog has learned.
One transportation department employee stands to receive a payout of more than $82,000 for his unused time as of Jan. 15, 2010, according to information provided by the Montana Department of Administration. Others in the list of top 10 accrued hours would receive lump-sum payments ranging from just more than $26,000 to around $70,000.
The minimum wage in Montana will increase from $7.25 per hour to $7.35 per hour on Jan. 1.
State law requires an adjustment to the minimum wage to be calculated no later than Sept. 30, of each year, said Labor Commissioner Keith Kelly.
A Helena district judge struck down a statute barring businesses from participating in state and local elections. The lawsuit was filed after the U.S. Supreme Court decided such prohibitions were against the First Amendment free speech protections in the U.S. Constitution.
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