Business League Requests Investigation into Federal Contracting


The American Small Business League (ASBL) has sent letters to all Presidential candidates asking them to keep a campaign promise President Obama made in 2008.
Responding to dozens of federal investigations and investigative reports in the media that found the Small Business Administration (SBA) was cheating small business out of billions in federal contracts and subcontracts President Obama released the statement, “It is time to end the diversion of federal small business contracts to corporate giants.”

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SBA Focuses on Expanding Exports


For small businesses in Montana, the passage of a new trade agreement means much greater opportunity to become a world exporter. And, the collaborate efforts of several agencies makes that opportunity especially attainable for manufacturers in Montana, says Betsy Markey, the new regional administrator for the US Small Business Administration (SBA).

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Passports are to Expire in 2018


An estimated 37 million passports are set to expire through 2018 and government officials are anticipating a surge of passport demand. This is because of a U.S. law that went into effect in 2007 that required U.S. citizens to have a valid passport when traveling to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda.
Even adding more to the time crunch, is the fact many European countries will not accept passports expiring within six months.

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Negative Impacts of Obama’s Coal Lease Moratorium are Imminent


Senator Rick Ripley, Senate District 10
Obama’s Department of Interior recently announced a moratorium on federal coal leases, and few states will be hit harder than Montana. Not only is our state home to over one-third of all coal reserves in the United States, but about half of the coal production in our state happens on federal land. Halting all future leases means that much of this coal is untouchable.
Montana has already lost hundreds of jobs as a direct result of the federal actions aimed at stopping coal mining. We stand to lose thousands more in the coming years unless those policies are reversed.

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Government Lobbying Costs Taxpayers Millions of Dollars


It is undoubtedly true in all states that taxpayer dollars are routinely used to fund lobbyists in support of government agencies and pro-government policies, but it’s not often reported upon. A recent in-depth report on the practice in Colorado may give taxpayers some insight into how extensive is the practice.

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Farm Bureau Dismayed With Veto of Senate Resolution on Waters


The Montana Farm Bureau has expressed strong disappointment regarding President Obama’s veto of a Senate Resolution that would have halted the Environmental Protection Agency’s overreach on the Water of the U.S. Rule. The Environmental Protection Agency changed the definition of the water it may regulate under the Clean Water Act, unlawfully arrogating to itself the right to regulate land use. The president just vetoed a Congressional Joint Resolution that would have rendered the rule inoperable.

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