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Montana is allocating $50 million to increase the availability of child care in response to COVID-19, Gov. Steve Bullock said Tuesday.

“As more Montanans return to work and families prepare for the upcoming school year, we must ensure there are options to provide high-quality and flexible care during this emergency,” Bullock said in a statement.

U.S. Senate candidates Republican Steve Daines and Democrat Steve Bullock debated via video August 8, 2020.
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U.S. Senate candidates Republican Steve Daines and Democrat Steve Bullock squared off in a debate for the first time over the weekend. The debate focused on responses to the novel coronavirus. 

The two long-standing Montana figures each said Congress and the federal government should work across the political aisle during this time. But Daines and Bullock also sent a salvo of political attacks at each other in an attempt to sway voters to their side in one of this year's most closely watched elections in Montana and the country.

Greens Are Out, Mail Is In, Sales Tax Fearmongering Returns

Aug 8, 2020

There will be no Greens on the November ballot, and that ballot will likely be mailed in. Montana is falling short on the census. A new poll shows Republicans ahead. And a new campaign ad plays on Montana's historic hatred of a sales tax.

Listen now on Campaign Beat with Sally Mauk, Rob Saldin and Holly Michels.

Candidates for U.S. Senate Steve Bullock and Steve Daines will face off in their first debate this weekend. The Greater Montana Foundation and Montana Broadcasters Association are co-sponsoring the debate, which will be held on a video-chat due to concerns of the novel coronavirus.

Bullock Directs $20 Million To MUS For Coronavirus Prep

Aug 7, 2020

Montana is planning to send up to $20 million of federal coronavirus relief dollars to its public universities to support reopening efforts this fall.

State Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian said during a press call with Gov. Steve Bullock the university system will prioritize rapid testing, quarantining and contact tracing of symptomatic individuals.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock today on Aug. 6 issued a directive allowing counties to conduct an all mail ballot general election in November.

Bullock said during a press call it’s increasingly unlikely the coronavirus pandemic will subside enough by November to hold a traditional polling place election without serious risk to public health.

“It only makes sense that we start preparing now to ensure no Montanan has to choose between their vote and their health,” Bullock said.

State officials are worried a new sped up federal deadline could jeopardize Montana’s chances of getting an accurate census total. The once a decade count has large implications for the Treasure State.

In April, the U.S. Census Bureau announced it would push the counting deadline back a month to Oct. 31 because the coronavirus pandemic had halted field operations across the U.S.

Monday, the bureau said counting will end Sept. 30 after all.

Gov. Steve Bullock annonces his Coronavirus Task Force on March 3, 2020 in response to the growing number of cases reported in the United States. Bullock says the task force is a multi-agency group that will coordinate public health response.
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Bradshaw Sumners watched throughout February as COVID-19 hot spots developed in major American cities, waiting to see when the coronavirus pandemic would manifest in Montana. When it finally did, life for the Livingston resident and father of two changed dramatically. His daughters, 8 and 4 years old, were suddenly home from school. The restaurant group where Sumners works maintenance shut down, thrusting him onto unemployment alongside legions of workers nationwide.

Residents in Kalispell asked for more affordable housing as well as programs for kdis and seniors November 2 at the annual community needs assessment meeting.
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Montana set aside $50 million in federal coronavirus relief funding to help people make their rent or mortgage payments during the economic upheaval caused by coronavirus. But through the end of July the program has paid out just over $1.2 million, about 2.4% of the available funds, state figures show.

The Montana Governor’s office issued a directive today relaxing in-person learning requirements for all students facing the beginning of the school year amid coronavirus concern.

Governor Steve Bullock’s directive expands the option of remote learning to students who live outside the districts where they attend school.

It waives the law that requires those students to attend classes in-person and enables remote learning for children who live in the same county as the school district or in a neighboring school district.

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