Decades ago, while listening to Flathead Radio “star” George Ostrom, I heard him say, “Well, the Montana Legislature is in session, and for the next 90 days no man’s life or property are safe.” The 2021 Republicans in the Legislature, in total control for the first time in 16 years, and with a Republican governor to boot, seemed intent on proving Ostrom right on a daily basis. Let’s take a look at their descent into lunacy:
Like many outdoor recreation communities, Whitefish has been having trouble providing affordable housing for employees with modest incomes. So, Whitefish passed a law requiring developers to have a certain percent of units be affordable housing. Although they claim to love “local control,” Republicans killed that fast because it would place undue burdens on developers. The bill was introduced by a developer.