Eighteen states cut taxes in the 2013 legislative year, with some states enacting fundamental tax reform and others only slightly modifying their tax code, according to a new report by the American Legislative Exchange Council Center for State Fiscal Reform. The tax policy changes reflect an emphasis on pro-growth reforms that encourage economic expansion and competition.
North Dakota's congressional delegation urged interior Secretary Sally Jewell to exclude the state from proposed federal regulations for hydraulic fracturing, joining Wyoming in a similar demand. At the same time, several other states including Montana filed formal protests against the Bureau of Land Management rules.
The federal government should allow states and tribes to continue to move forward with their own sophisticated regulatory framework instead of stifling them with generic blanket federal regulations," they said in a letter to Jewell. "We believe such federal regulations will hamper innovative approaches being developed throughout the country."
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will begin a status review under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for the Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of Arctic grayling (Thymallus arcticus) in the upper Missouri River. This review will determine whether the DPS of Arctic grayling should be protected under the ESA.
Because of federal restraints and poorly defined property rights Native Americans tend to live in pockets of poverty amid a "sea of wealth," claims Terry Anderson, President of PERC, Property and Environment Research Center), Bozeman.
Indian reservations contain more than $1 trillion worth of untapped energy resources, reports Anderson and Shawn Regan, a research fellow at PERC, in a new report that claims tribes could unlock this tremendous wealth if they had the same rights as those living off reservations.
The first Economic Freedom of the World Report was published in 1996. This is the 17th edition of the Report - produced by the Fraser Institute, a Canadian think-tank, in cooperation with the Cato Institute and the Economic Freedom Network, a group of independent research and educational institutes in nearly 90 nations and territories worldwide.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $167,900 to Montana Fair Housing, Inc., which the agency is to use to increase scrutiny of alleged housing discrimination. This funding is part of $38.3 million HUD distributed to 95 housing organizations in 38 states.
Funded through HUD's Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP), the grants will fund investigations and testing of alleged discriminatory practices.
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