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Montana NonProfit Association

As Montana continues to lag behind the national census response rate, members of hard to reach rural communities are counting themselves in grocery stores, libraries and bars. The once-a-decade count decides millions of dollars in federal funding and could boost Montana’s representation in Congress.

Thirsty customers start meandering into 2 Bassett Brewing in White Sulphur Springs on a recent weekday evening.

Montanas are being asked to report Census data online or by phone even without receiving a specialized ID code to begin the process.
U.S. Census Bureau

On Tuesday, the Montana Department of Commerce announced the state is spending roughly $500,000 of federal coronavirus relief money to boost 2020 Census outreach.

Montanans self-response rate is just over 56%, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s behind the national average. State officials said Montanan’s Census response is complicated in part by the rural nature of the state


Many nonprofit organizations across Montana have canceled programs and postponed big spring fundraisers in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Participants in a recent survey say they’re concerned how the economic fallout from COVID-19 will affect them and the communities they serve. The new $2 trillion coronavirus response package could provide some relief.

Montana Labor, Non-Profit Groups React to New Federal Overtime Rule
M. Sullivan (CC-BY-NC-ND)

A new federal overtime rule could have profound impacts in Montana.

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