In the People's Interest

Dr. Cora Neumann: Montana’s Mismanaged Medicaid Redetermination Hurts Our Communities and Our Economy

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For those of us in the health field, we were unfortunately not surprised by last week’s report showing that Montana ranked second in the country for most children to have lost Medicaid coverage since redetermination began in April 2023. This crisis is a direct result of the Gianforte Administration’s mismanagement of our state’s healthcare.  Since […]

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Josh Seckinger: Property Tax Madness

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Downtown Bozeman; image from Montana Department of Commerce

Property owners received their second property tax bill. This is an unfortunate, unnecessary, and unaffordable reminder of the record tax increases last fall due to inaction at every level of our far-right-controlled state legislature and a governor looking out for his wealthy friends. Last summer, Democrats asked the Governor to call a one-day special session to pass this two-page bill; the Governor denied the request as he did not want to spend the money for a special session. It can be done in an hour, if we elect the right people. We can start putting our state back on a better trajectory during the primary in June and the election in November.

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Karin Kirk: The six big surprises in the Montana youth climate trial

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Montana’s youth-led climate trial concluded on June 20, 2023. The plaintiffs’ case blended emotional testimony from the young plaintiffs with scientific and technical expertise from expert witnesses. The central principle of the case is that Montana’s use of fossil fuels is violating the plaintiffs’ constitutional right to a “clean and healthful environment.”