Montana

States increasingly join the land use reform rodeo

For a long time housing-related land use issues have been primarily dealt with at the local level, but that’s changing as a case in Montana shows.

The latest youth climate lawsuit tries a novel argument: The unique environmental vulnerability of children

Eighteen California children say the EPA fails to recognize the unique physical and mental impacts climate change has on kids.

Mental health funding is fast becoming “the bipartisan issue of our time”

States from California to Texas are increasingly investing in mental health as a recognition takes hold that the status quo isn’t working.

Tears in our beer: Climate change could hurt beer drinkers

Hotter, drier summers could threaten the quality and quantity of a key ingredient to a refreshing beer, experts warn.

States revisit wildlife management with an eye on resilience

Some states are wondering if climate mitigation could have a furry, four-legged solution.

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Montana kids win historic climate lawsuit—here’s why it could set a powerful precedent

COMMENTARY | This result sets a groundbreaking precedent for climate litigation and demonstrates a new way in which green amendments can be invoked to elicit environmental change.

Digital Atlas Could Reveal Zoning's Social Impact

An initiative to map out states’ zoning codes could help policymakers and citizens address urgent challenges in their communities.

He Left a War-Torn Country as a Refugee and Went on to Become a US Mayor

Helena, Montana Mayor Wilmot Collins came to the United States in 1994 from Liberia. His life journey is a true immigrant success story.

How One State Plans to Use Federal Relief Money to Shore Up Child Care Options

Montana will leverage more than $31 million to establish grants for child care centers to increase pay, expand capacity and offset tuition rates.

Analysis: All 50 States Experience Historic Personal Income Growth in 2020

The rise in personal incomes nationwide is the biggest in 20 years, and because of the pandemic, can largely be attributed to unprecedented government assistance, according to a Pew report.

Getting a Prescription to Die Remains Tricky Even as Aid-in-Dying Bills Gain Momentum

Whether aid in dying is legal in Montana has been debated for over a decade now in the wake of a state Supreme Court decision.

The Boom in Out-of-State Telehealth Threatens In-State Providers

The pandemic has highlighted potential benefits with telehealth. But there have also been some unintended consequences as more people access care remotely.

Pandemic Drives Phone, Computer ‘Right-to-Repair’ Bills

Legislation in half the states would make it easier to fix phones and computers.

Push Is On for States to Ban Organ Transplant Discrimination

States are passing laws that would prevent people with Down syndrome, autism and other disabilities from being denied transplants solely because of their conditions.

Montana’s Health Policy MVP Takes Her Playbook on the Road

Marilyn Bartlett saved the state of Montana more than $30 million in three years by pegging hospital prices to a multiple of what Medicare pays. But she's finding the model she used in the state difficult to replicate elsewhere.

12 Million People to Lose Unemployment Benefits This Month When Federal Programs Expire

Federal safety net programs that have provided additional unemployment benefits for workers who lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic are set to end.

Rural Public Health Staff Strained by Covid Surge, Public Backlash

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Republicans Win in Montana, Missouri Governors' Races

Elsewhere, there were few surprises on election night with governors' contests. Eight incumbents were reelected, five of them Republicans. And a favored GOP candidate won in Utah.

11 Governors' Races Are On the Ballot. Here Are the Ones to Watch.

Only a couple of the races are considered highly contested this year, with a toss-up in Montana and a competitive race in Missouri between a GOP incumbent and a Democratic challenger.

Despite Pandemic Threat, Gubernatorial Hopefuls Avoid COVID Nitty-Gritty

Voters who are deciding the next occupant of their governor’s mansion are also effectively choosing the next leader of their state’s COVID-19 response.