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Montana Office of Tourism

Lawmakers are considering whether to give local governments the authority to ask their voters to approve a local option sales tax. The money raised would be used to provide property tax relief and pay for public works projects. 

Senate Bill 331 is based on the existing resort tax model that’s assessed on goods and services purchased by tourists.  Current state law restricts the resort tax only for communities with a population under 5,500 and draw a high number of tourists. Local residents vote to impose this tax. The money collected pays for public works projects and property tax relief.


photo courtesy Arthouse Cinema and Pub

In downtown Billings, two unique spaces have found new life as venues for the arts. What was once a Greyhound Bus depot is now Pub Station, a live music venue, and the old Center Lanes bowling alley has become the home of Arthouse Cinema and Pub.


American Society of News Editors and Reporters and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

The American Library Association awarded U.S. Senator Jon Tester, D-MT, its James Madison Award in recognition for his advocacy for government transparency and public access to government information. The award coincides with National Sunshine Week, March 12-18, 2017, that promotes the public’s right to know.


Jackie Yamanaka

The Republican controlled House Judiciary, on an 11-to-8 party line vote, passed a bill that would ban the application of foreign law in Montana courts. Senate Bill 97 now moves to the House floor for debate.


Tami Heilemann, Dept of Interior

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke cancelled the remainder of his trip back to Montana.

Zinke was originally scheduled to address a joint session of the Montana Legislature Monday, March 13, 2017. He was also scheduled to visit the BLM’s field office in Lewistown and the BLM’s Regional Headquarters in Billings the next day.


Jackie Yamanaka

U.S. Senator Steve Daines answered questions and listened to his critics last night during his most recent telephone town hall meeting Wednesday night, March 8, 2017. 

Daines has been criticized by some Montanans for not holding in-person town hall meetings. The Republican has said the telephone town halls are a better way to reach more Montanans in this far-flung state.

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The current state of our food system is the subject of a series of films to be aired in Billings.

As YPR's Stella Fong reports, the films show where our food comes from, who grows it, and where it goes.

(Photo by Brie Ripley)

 

There's still no word on the status of a popular Billings radio show.

Fans of KCTR's The Breakfast Flakes have been asking for an update of when Mark Wilson and Paul Mushaben will be back on the air.

As YPR's Brie Ripley reports, the silence is deafening.

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