Economic Update Series


The theme of the Montana Chamber Foundation’s 2016 Economic Update Series is “The Competition for Talent.” The annual program, offered by “Montana University (a subsidiary of the Montana Chamber Foundation), kicks off Thursday, July 28 in Kalispell and ends Thursday, August 11 in Missoula with five other stops in between.
The seminar will be presented in Billings on Tuesday, August 9 at the Crowne Plaza at 7 a.m.

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Oil, Gas Board Pushes Rule


Facing opposition from the Montana Petroleum Assn., the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation plans to go forward at its Aug. 10 meeting to push rule making for a new 1,320-foot setback rule.

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MSU Students Participate in Solar Eclipse Project


On Aug. 21, 2017, observers along a path from Oregon to South Carolina will witness a total solar eclipse. This will be the first solar eclipse since 1776 with a path completely in the U.S.
A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon is both perfectly in line between Earth and the sun and is close enough to Earth to completely block out the sun. Observers in the rest of the country will witness a partial solar eclipse.

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Montana’s Job-Killing Licensing Laws Are Tangling Braiders in Needless Red Tape


In any given year, an American taxpayer is more than twice as likely to be audited by the IRS as an African-style hair braider is to receive a complaint of any kind—and genuine consumer complaints are even rarer. That is according to Barriers to Braiding: How Job-Killing Licensing Laws Tangle Natural Hair Care in Needless Red Tape, a new report released by the Institute for Justice. The report finds that braiding is safe, and Montana’s licensing requirements for braiders do nothing but prevent braiders from working and stifle entrepreneurial opportunity.

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Chamber Applauds Court Case on Wrongful Discharge

From the Montana Chamber of Commerce
Through our subsidiary, the Montana Justice Coalition, the Montana Chamber of Commerce engages in the third branch of government (Judicial), just as we engage in the Executive and Legislative branches. We track important cases 24/7/365 so you don’t have to. A recent case highlights an important issue to Montana business and our economy.

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Oil and Gas Board Short of Funds


The Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation was urged to seek financial relief for a shortfall in its revenues from the State Legislature rather than increasing taxes on operators.
At a June 15 hearing, the Montana Petroleum Assn. pointed out that increasing the oil and gas privilege and license tax rate from .26 percent to .3 percent will impact 200 operators “who already are experiencing reduced budgets, reduced pay and workforce reductions.”

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Market Update

1 DOW 20,701.35
+42.03 (0.20%)    
2 S&P 2,363.15
+2.02 (0.09%)    
3 NASDAQ 5,899.25
+1.71 (0.03%)    
4 MDU 26.97
-0.19 (-0.70%)    
5 SWC 17.29
-0.06 (-0.35%)    
6 EBMT 19.95
-0.25 (-1.24%)    
7 FIBK 40.00
+1.05 (2.70%)    
8 GBCI 34.02
+1.29 (3.94%)