• A federal judge in Texas granted a preliminary injunction to block the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime regulation. The U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas granted a nationwide preliminary injunction for multiple lawsuits brought by the State of Nevada and 20 other states, and a number of business organizations led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
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  • The controversy that swirls around the issue of sanctuary cities may hold within its outcome the answer to the issue of federal mandates which are placed on cities and counties in order for them to get funding(redistribution of tax dollars). If it turns out that the federal government cannot withhold federal funds to require a municipality’s cooperation in the apprehension
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  • As revolutionary innovations and inventions continue, more and more wells in the Bakken are reaching lower breakeven points – points which are competitive with production from the Middle East.
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  • by Evelyn Pyburn What was behind the Donald Trump presidential victory? While pundits dissect, bisect and analyze every nuance of every issue and every demographic sector, wondering what they missed before, and are now hoping to get it right – there’s not a one who’s mentioned the real underlying theme of it all — the rule of law.The election demonstrated
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  • The Montana Chamber of Commerce will hold a briefing for its members and interested business people regarding its 2026 Strategic Plan on November 30, 12 pm in Billings at the Northern Hotel.
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  •   Following Black Friday comes Shop Local Saturday, November 26. The purpose of the day is to focus on the importance of supporting local businesses.Over the past few years, Shop Local Saturday” has grown in its impact year over year, as communities realize that small local shops are an important part of each community’s economic base. To support them means
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  • Farmers Insurance has launched an innovative insurance policy for food truck owners – a growing market. Farmers have begun to offer licensed food truck owners a single policy that combines commercial automobile coverage for their truck with a restaurant business owner policy.Montana is one of the 28 states where the policy is now available.
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  • The proposed Inner Belt Loop which would connect the Heights to the westend of Billings has been pulled from the back burners by the Billings City Council, and urged forward with the likelihood of being funded by issuing bonds.The plan has been talked about for a long time, said Mayor Tom Hanel, and it’s time to “get serious” about what
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  • The Montana Infrastructure Coalition is working on a non-partisan legislative package that will help address some of the most pressing infrastructure needs in the state – most especially water and wastewater systems for communities. The Montana chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) estimates that the total annual reinvestment by Montana communities, to maintain their $15 billion dollars
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  • Asian Fusion has opened in the food court of Rimrock Mall, the newest venture of the husband and wife team of Howard Shen and Tina Wu.
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  • Associated Employers, a support organization for employers in Montana and Wyoming, celebrated one hundred years in 2016. For any organization to sustain itself for 100 years is a significant achievement in any arena, but for a non-profit service organization, relying on voluntary membership fees from individuals noted for their pragmatism, it is especially noteworthy.
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  • The Billings Chamber of Commerce announce that the Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, has appointed Jennifer Reiser, IOM, Chief Operating Officer of the Chamber, to the West Board of Regents. As a member of this Board, Reiser will implement the policies created by Institute’s National Board of Trustees.
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