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Kerry White


For the first time in thirty years, the U.S. Forest Service is updating its management plan for the Custer-Gallatin National Forest. It’ll determine where you can mountain bike, build new trails and harvest timber, among other things.

Montana Capitol in Helena.
William Marcus / Montana Public Radio

A roughly $80 million infrastructure bonding package is moving forward in the Montana House and faces a final vote in the coming days.

The amended bill passed on a 68-32 vote with the Republican Speaker of the House, Majority Leader and other conservatives opposing it.

'Capitol Talk:' Socialism, A Sales Tax, And A Swipe At Gianforte

Feb 8, 2019

Sen. Daines equates Democrats to Venezuelan socialists; Lawmakers hear a massive sales tax bill; And House Democrats take a not-so-subtle dig at Montana's U.S. Rep.

Sally Mauk, Rob Saldin and Holly Michels discuss these stories and more, right now on "Capitol Talk."

House Bill 300, introduced in the 2019 Montana Legislative session, called for a 2.5 percent sales tax and the elimination of certain property taxes.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

A 2.5 percent sales tax and the elimination of certain property taxes is under consideration by the Montana Legislature.

It’s a proposal that could swing the source of billions of dollars in state revenue; create new regional commissions to recommend how public dollars are spent; and shift the burden of taxes across Montana.

Bill Using Coal Tax Money To Fund Affordable Housing Projects Passes Montana House

Feb 6, 2019
Rep. Dave Fern, D-Whitefish, is carrying House Bill 16 to fund affordable housing. It passed the House on Feb. 6, 2019 and will move to the Senate.
Shaylee Rager / UM Legislative News Service

HELENA -- The Montana House of Representatives advanced a bill Wednesday that would use money from the coal severance tax trust fund to pay for low-income and moderate-income housing projects.

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