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.
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.
A father and daughter concerned with runaway government spending started a group called Montana Shrugged in 2009. It organizes, educates, and activates people to promote the understanding and execution of the United States Constitution. Such activities, however, are heavily regulated in Montana and are banned if done by corporations.
Montana law bans any corporation from spending money to influence an election. The Supreme Court unequivocally declared in its recent Citizens United decision that states have no legitimate interest in such prohibitions. Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock, a defendant in this case, said "corporations aren't censored here." We agree, they cannot speak at all.
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.”
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