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1st-quarter state tax collections in Montana reach $647 million, Census Bureau reports

State tax revenues in Montana amount to $647 million in the first quarter of 2019, the fifth lowest tally among the 50 states and Washington, D.C., according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

2017-2018 pay for starting teachers in Montana averaged $31,418

A beginning teacher’s salary in Montana averaged $31,418 for the 2017-2018 school year, the lowest rank among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to data analyzed by the National Education Association (NEA).

Montana’s public pensions are 52 percent government funded

Taxpayer contributions to Montana’s public pension funds in 2018 amounted to 52 percent of the total, the lowest ratio among the 50 states, according to newly released data by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Total state tax collections in Montana reach $2.7 billion, Census Bureau reports

State tax revenues in Montana amount to $2.7 billion, the fifth lowest tally among the 50 states, according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Great Falls’s concentrated poverty rate is the highest in Montana

The Great Falls metro area’s share of extreme poverty – neighborhoods where at least 40 percent of residents live below the poverty level – is the highest in Montana, according to a new analysis from the website 24/7 Wall St.

Montana earns grade of D- for manufacturing health

Montana received a grade of D- on a scorecard developed by Ball State University to gauge the health of each state’s manufacturing sector.

Madison County’s $3,478-per-month cost of living is the highest in Montana

Residents of Madison County need to make $3,478 every month to maintain a modest standard of living, making it the most expensive place to live in Montana.

Montana’s public pensions are 47.6% government funded

Taxpayer contributions to Montana’s public pension funds in 2017 amounted to 47.6 percent of the total, the lowest ratio among the 50 states, according to newly released data by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Montana disabled veterans still awaiting action on home loan fee refunds

Despite facing a July 31 target deadline, the Veterans Benefits Administration has yet to provide refunds to tens of thousands of disabled veterans who were erroneously charged home loan funding fees.

Average student loan debt for graduates in Montana is $28,389, study finds

College graduates in Montana have an average debt burden of $28,389, according to a study by the website 24/7 Wall St. examining average student loan debt in the 50 states.

Income taxes make up 29.7% of total state, local levies in Montana, study finds

State income tax revenues in Montana represent 29.7 percent of its total state and local levies, according to a new study by the Tax Foundation.

Montana scores 72.5 out of 100 in litigation climate survey

Montana earned a score of 72.5 out of 100 in a new ranking of state litigation climates released Wednesday by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform.

Montana ranks 22nd lowest in state, local government GDP, study finds

Montana finished 22nd lowest in the size of its state and local government operations, based on their share of the state’s gross domestic product, according to a 24/7 Wall St. analysis.

Montana pension plans are 73% funded, study finds

The funded ratio of the Montana public pension plans stands at 73%, according to a new analysis from the Tax Foundation based on fiscal-year 2017 data.

Roosevelt rated least livable among Montana counties, study finds

Roosevelt was ranked Montana’s worst county to live in, according to a Wall St. 24/7 analysis of regions with the poorest quality of life within all 50 states.

Montana ranks 13th highest on distilled spirits taxes

The state distilled spirits excise taxes in Montana ranked 13th in the nation, according to a new analysis from the Tax Foundation based on January 2019 data.

$319,468 in annual income gets you into Montana’s top 1% club, study finds

Bring in at least $319,468 in yearly income, and you’ll be among the top 1 percent of earners in Montana, according to a Wall St. 24/7 analysis of the ultra wealthy in every state.

Montana ranks 19th highest on wine taxes, study finds

The state wine excise taxes in Montana ranked 19th in the nation, according to a new analysis from the Tax Foundation based on January 2019 data.

Montana ranks the lowest on state and local sales taxes, study finds

The combined state and average local sales taxes in Montana ranked in a tie for 47th in the nation, according to a new analysis from the Tax Foundation based on July 2019 data.

Montana ranks 40th highest on beer taxes, study finds

The state beer excise taxes in Montana ranked 40th in the nation, according to a new analysis from the Tax Foundation based on January 2019 data.

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