As Montanans prepare to enter what is sure to be a tough winter, the need for economic relief has never been clearer. In recent weeks, Montana’s COVID-19 case numbers have surged to new records.
The Montana Budget & Policy Center is soliciting proposals to provide lobbying services for the 2021 Legislative Session. Our legislative agenda includes protecting and expanding state revenue general fund revenue sources, tax fairness legislation, protecting Medicaid expansion coverage, and state budget investments in state-tribal initiatives.
The Montana Budget & Policy Center (MBPC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing responsible tax, budget, and economic policies through credible research and analysis in order to promote opportunity and fairness for all Montanans. We work on a range of social justice issues including paid family and medical leave, access to quality health care, criminal justice reform, affordable housing, and investment in public education.
MBPC is seeking two legislative aides for the 2021 Montana Legislative Session.
Our previous blog, Tribal Sovereignty During COVID-19, covered the actions tribal nations have taken in reservations across Montana to protect public health and prevent the spread of COVID-19. While Montana has moved closer to reopening, tribal nations have continued to prioritize public health through measures that include extended stay-at-home orders and travel checkpoints.
Tribal nations are now faced with an increase of coronavirus cases on their reservations because surrounding areas and travelers have not adhered to the same measures.
Thank you to all those who attended our 2020 State-Tribal Policy Symposium: Advancing Investments in Indian Country.
This year’s symposium had attendees from each tribal nation in Montana and more from across the country. We had tribal leaders, lawyers, students, community members, American Indian business owners, state legislators, and more.
This was our first time doing this event virtually and we learned so much. We appreciate everyone who attended – whether on zoom or by watching our Facebook live.
Did you know that a provision included in the federal CARES Act, passed by Congress earlier this year, could result in the loss of $173 million in state general fund revenue for Montana? But the good news is that Montana can do something about it. The Revenue Interim Committee’s subcommittee studying Montana’s state and local tax system had their last meeting August 25.
Register today for MBPC’s 2020 State-Tribal Symposium: Advancing Investments in Indian Country.
There are only 100 spots per session. If you register now you will receive materials for the symposium, be able to join the presenters for a Q&A, and receive recordings of each session.
On August 24, the State-Tribal Relations Committee (STRC) met virtually for the last time of this interim to discuss a variety of topics.
As a reminder, the 2001 Montana Legislature established the STRC as a permanent interim committee. However, various versions of the committee have existed since the 1970s.
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In January, the Montana Budget & Policy Center became the KIDS COUNT grantee for Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
MBPC is excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2020 State-Tribal Symposium: Advancing Investments in Indian Country.
This free symposium provides tribal leaders and advocates with information on how the state budget process works and how people can get involved to secure important investments in Indian Country. Register today.
Over the past few legislative sessions, the state has invested state funds into programs like indigenous language preservation, tribal colleges, Indian Country Economic Development, suicide prevention, and Medicaid expansion.