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Officials Say State Budget Is In Solid Shape Heading Into Pandemic

BY ERIC DIETRICH HELENA — At least for the time being, Montana’s public coffers are well-stocked to weather the coronavirus pandemic, lawmakers and the governor’s budget director said Monday, meaning it’s unlikely that state government will run into an immediate budget crunch as it tries to contain the COVID-19 outbreak and respond to the virus’ economic impact. That could change,…

COVID-19: Bullock Issues Order Closing All Bars, Restaurants And Casinos Statewide

BY MARTIN KIDSTON While some urban counties in Montana have taken aggressive steps to curtail the spread of COVID-19 by closing certain businesses, not all counties have acted, though a state mandate issued Friday will change that. Gov. Steve Bullock directed all bars and restaurants, gyms, theaters and casinos to close effective 8 p.m. on Friday. The act extends the…

As Coronavirus Grips Montana Economy, 6,000 Workers File For Unemployment In 3 Days

BY ERIC DIETRICH Montana unemployment claims spiked this week as the global COVID-19 outbreak began to take its toll on the state economy. Data released Thursday evening by the state Department of Labor and Industry indicates that 6,000 workers filed unemployment claims between Monday, March 16, and Wednesday, March 18. That figure included 3,071 new filings Wednesday after Gov. Steve…

Bullock Makes His Race For U.S. Senate Official In Monday Announcement

Gov. Steve Bullock on Monday made it official – he’s challenging incumbent Sen. Steve Daines for his seat in the U.S. Senate. Bullock made the announcement in a morning email in which he vowed “to make Washington work more like Montana.” “As governor, I’ve worked my level best to represent all Montanans and leave this place we call home better…

Who’s Positioned To Gain From Adult-Use Marijuana Legalization

BY HUNTER PAULI MISSOULA — For the past year, concertgoers headed to downtown Missoula’s Wilma Theatre have passed Rocky Mountain Relief, a medical marijuana dispensary next door to the venue and across the street from a new hotel. If Montanans pass one of several ballot initiatives this November to legalize adult-use marijuana, such a location might have made the dispensary a gold…

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