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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The state is advertising for a business attractions manager, a job that will pay $125,000 a year to travel the country promoting Montana as good place to start or expand a business, in part by touting new tax incentives that were passed by the 2021 Legislature.

The Department of Commerce also has $500,000 to support the effort, the Montana State News Bureau reports.

School hallway.

Gov. Greg Gianforte Wednesday signed into law a significant increase to a tax credit for donors to school choice scholarship programs. The program benefits both public and private schools, but the bill eases restrictions on what private schools are required to do in order to receive funding. 

Gov. Gianforte signs SB 297 with (seated left to right) Sen. Jason Ellsworth, Jessica Foster, Rep. Sharon Greef, and Mark Grotbo, Dominic Farrenkopf, Victoria Clark, and Jason Pond, May 11, 2021.
Gov. Gianforte's office

Funding for projects to expand high-speed Internet across Montana is moving forward under a bill signed by Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte.

Gov. Gianforte signs Senate Bills 159 and 399 into law May 6, 2021 besides (L to R) Steven Thompson, Sen. Greg Hertz (R-Polson), Ray Thompson, Senate President Mark Blasdel (R-Kalispell), and Director of Commerce Scott Ostermann.
Gov. Gianforte's office

Montana Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte signed two bills into law Thursday to simplify the state’s income tax code while also cutting the top marginal rate. Gianforte was joined by Republican lawmakers to sign the bills at a manufacturing business in Kalispell. 

Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte has signed a bill into law to increase the tax exemption on business equipment up to $300,0000. 

A slate of bills to cut taxes in Montana is moving to Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte for consideration. Gianforte campaigned on the promise to cut taxes for the state and advocated for several of the proposals in his budget. 

Rep. Sharon Greef, Governor Greg Gianforte, and Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen are pictured at the HB 176 bill signing, April 19, 2021.
Gov. Gianforte's office

Gov. Greg Gianforte signed several bills into law this week, including policies to end same-day voting registration and change voter ID requirements; limit local public health powers; expand telehealth access; give businesses tax breaks for vocational training; allow insurance companies to consider gender when setting rates; address the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous people; and update state laws after federal recognition of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

An empty classsroom.

Republicans in the Montana House of Representatives have advanced a bill to increase the tax credit residents can claim for donations that help pay student tuition at private schools. The proposal follows a U.S. Supreme Court decision ruling that Montana can’t exclude religious schools from the tax credit program.

Sen. Greg Hertz (R) SD6
Montana Legislature

Republicans in the state Senate have advanced a bill to simplify the state's income tax code from seven tax brackets to two.

The proposal would tax the first $20,500 Montanans make at 4.7% and income above that at 6.5%. That would compare to Montana’s current system in which the top marginal income bracket taxes people making over around $19,000 a year at 6.9%

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen

Montana has joined 31 other states in suing the U.S. Treasury Department over a provision that bars states from using federal stimulus dollars to offset tax cuts.

Montana is set to see roughly $3 billion in federal stimulus funds through the American Rescue Plan Act with the stipulation that the money can’t be used to offset revenue reductions caused by tax cuts.