Ten Year Trends in Child Well-Being: More Progress Needed for Montana Children

The Annie E. Casey Foundation released the 31st edition of the KIDS COUNT Data Book on June 22, the first edition since Montana Budget & Policy Center began leading the KIDS COUNT effort in Montana. The KIDS COUNT Data Book summarizes 16 key indicators of child well-being for all 50 states across four areas: economic […]

Food Prices and Hunger are on the Rise in Montana

Food insecurity is skyrocketing in Montana, caused by a of high rates of unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic and made worse by rising food prices.

The cost of preparing food at home in May 2020 was nearly 5 percent higher than in May 2019, burdening households who had been living on limited incomes and those suddenly facing unemployment. With meat-processing plants shutting down across the country, the price of meat has especially risen sharply in the United States.

MPBC Announces New Project – Big Sky Brighter Future

Today the Montana Budget & Policy Center announced its new project – Big Sky Brighter Future – a bold agenda providing policymakers with a clear course to prioritize Montana’s families and children as we rebuild our state.

Montana is a place we love to call home. Natural beauty and commitment to community make Montana an extraordinary place to live for many.

Statement of Solidarity

Below is a statement by Montana Budget & Policy Center Co-Directors Heather O’Loughlin and Tara Jensen. We are outraged by killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, David McAtee and the countless others who have faced violence as a result of systemic racism. During this time of trauma and tragedy in our country, we are heartened […]

Tribal Sovereignty During COVID-19

Tribal nations are showcasing leadership during COVID-19 by prioritizing the safety and health of vulnerable populations, tribal citizens, and non-citizens. To fight the spread of COVID-19, many tribal nations have exercised their sovereign right to regulate the movement of peoples on their lands. This includes opening travel check points and shelter-in-place orders.

Despite Montana’s decisions to enter phase two of reopening, some tribal nations have extended stay-at-home orders and continued to implement travel checkpoints to protect their citizens and non-citizen travelers.

Children are going hungry with school closures. Montana can help.

Montana can help thousands of low-income students get enough to eat during school closures, but it must act swiftly.   

A new program established through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Coronavirus Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), allows states to provide assistance to families with children who would otherwise be receiving free or reduced-price school breakfasts and lunches if schools were in session.