• Over the years in reporting on business in Montana, and as once more I see the dismal rating of Montana in the SBE study about the kind of environment in which entrepreneurs must function, I am struck at how little difference reality makes in political circles.
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  • Coal Montana spokesperson, Shelby DeMars, issued the following statement in response to Senator Tester’s vote to support the Stream Protection Rule that would jeopardize Montana coal jobs:
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  • President Trump wasted no time issuing executive orders to move stalled pipeline projects forward; the Keystone XL and Dakota Access. TransCanada filed a new application to complete the tri-state pipeline from Alberta to Nebraska, including a bypass in Montana for Williston Basin crude from the Bakken. The Army Corps of Engineers has been directed to expedite the decision to grant
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  • USA Today recently announced what must be, at best, an incredibly shallow assessment and comparison of governments, around the world, with the conclusion that the US is a “failed democracy.”It’s failed because “trust in government, political parties and leaders had plummeted to ‘extremely low levels’ in the US…” according to a research arm of the publication, The Economist.
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  • So what’s all the fuss about fake news?Fake news only works because the media has so totally failed in its role. It goes along with the saying that “nature abhors a vacuum.” There is absolutely nothing new about “fake news” except the term now used to identify it. More “fake news” emerges because the media has, for a very long
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  • It’s been a great honor and privilege serving Montana’s small business community over the last year as the SBA’s Region VIII Administrator. I take pride in the fact that I have traveled more than 10,000 miles visiting small businesses and community leaders in my six state region, which includes Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.
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  • The 65th Montana Legislature convened Monday, Jan. 2 in Helena. While the session is still in its infancy, committees are beginning to meet and legislators are introducing their first bills of the term. We’ve hit the ground running.Here are some key agriculture issues that were introduced in committee this week.Senate Bill 28: Allow Water Court review of certain DNRC decisionsSponsored
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  •  “America is a nation of laws, not of men and women.”These words, spoken countless times throughout our nation’s history, should always be a guiding principle for policymakers in America. As citizens of this great nation, we must ask those who lead our country to respect the supremacy of law, as it’s only then that differences of opinion can coexist peacefully.Two
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  • Small business optimism remained flat leading up to Election Day and then rocketed higher as business owners expected much better conditions under new leadership in Washington, according to a special edition of the monthly NFIB Index of Small Business Optimism.
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