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The first collections from Montana’s new medical marijuana tax are substantially greater than projections.
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The first collections from Montana’s new medical marijuana tax are substantially greater than projections.

New numbers show that marijuana providers paid a total of $380,000 in taxes in the first quarter of the fiscal year alone.

People browsing at a medical marijuana dispensary.
Stock Photo Courtesy Drug Policy Alliance

Montana’s medical marijuana providers have to start paying taxes on their product this month.

State lawmakers got an update on September 14 on Montana’s new medical marijuana regulation program.
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State lawmakers got an update on September 14 on Montana’s new medical marijuana regulation program. The program will launch at the end of next April. 

State agencies are offering up about $5.5 million from their current budgets to help lawmakers shore up the state’s checkbook.

Republican legislative leaders made the request in hopes the agencies would help them with the hard decision of further reducing budgets.


Seli’š Ksanka Qlispe’ Dam, formerly Kerr Dam
Bill Barrett (CC-BY-SA-3)


Death and taxes are supposedly two certainties in life. But at the moment, in Lake County, property taxes aren’t so certain.

 

The county is suing the state Department of Revenue over one property -- the Seli’š Ksanka Qlispe’ (say-LISH kuh-ZAHN-kuh kud-LEE-speh) Dam, formerly known as the Kerr Dam, which the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes bought from NorthWestern Energy last year.

 

The sale was negotiated in 1985 by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

 

Rene Whalen grabs what she can of her important papers and photos while evacuating the home she's lived in for 20 years. Hundreds of homes are under evacuation due to the Roaring Lion Fire.
Mike Albans

The Montana Department of Revenue is reaching out to Bitterroot Valley residents who lost their homes this week to wildfire. The nearly 8,000 acre Roaring Lion fire has consumed at least 14 homes and other outbuildings.

As of Tuesday, it's tax season. And this year, it may take a little longer than in the past for taxpayers to get their refunds.

Taylor Swift, Amy Martin tells us, is like coal buried beneath Montana.
Flickr User Larry Darling (CC-BY-NC-2)

Accounting is not sexy. So let’s start with two people who are — Ryan Adams and Taylor Swift.

This fall, Ryan Adams released an entire album of Taylor Swift songs. He called it 1989 – just like she did. In exchange for using Swift’s property — her songs — Adams has to pay her a portion of whatever money he makes from selling that recording. That’s known as a “royalty.”

Praying with a rosary
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This week, three parents from a Christian school in Kalispell filed a suit over the state’s exclusion of religious schools in a program to provide scholarships for public and private education.

Kendra Espinoza is one of the plaintiffs in the case. She says scholarships are the only reason why she can afford to send her kids to the private religious school she chooses.

Sen. Llew Jones (R) SD9
Montana Legislature

The State Department of revenue heard over an hour of testimony today over its controversial proposed new rule. It says a new tax credit scholarship program cannot be used to benefit religious-affiliated schools. 

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