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Montana legislators make base salary of $92.46 per day

State lawmakers in Montana now draw a base salary of $92.46 per day, in addition to travel outlays of 58 cents per mile, according to a recent study by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Montana community college tuitions jumped 18.4% over 15 years

Montana two-year college tuition and fees at public institutions went from $3,205 in 2004-05 to $3,796 in 2019-20, the sixth smallest increase among 49 states studied, the College Board said in a new report.

Montana governor makes annual salary of $118,397

The governor of Montana now draws a yearly salary of $118,397, the 11th lowest salary among the governors of the 50 states, according to recently reported financial data and media reports.

NEA estimates Montana K-12 schools spent $1.8 billion in 2018-19

Public schools in Montana spent an estimated $1.8 billion during the 2018-19 academic year, a 1.4 percent increase in expenditures over the previous year, according to a National Education Association report.

Montana children in foster care numbered 3,946 last year

The number of youths in foster care in Montana at the end of fiscal year 2018 stood at 3,946, a 2.4 percent increase over the previous fiscal year, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

43 jurisdictions, not including Montana, require sales tax collections for online purchases

Montana is not among the jurisdictions where sales tax collections are required for out-of-state purchases in the wake of the South Dakota v. Wayfair Supreme Court decision last year, according to an analysis by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

Montana K-12 schools paid out $12,533 per student in 2017-18, NEA reports

Public schools in Montana spent $12,533 per student based on average daily attendance (ADA) figures, the 27th highest expenditure level among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to a National Education Association report.

10.3% of Montana residents live in poverty, Census Bureau finds

Montana residents living below the poverty line in 2017-18 made up 10.3 percent of the state’s population, the 36th highest rank among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to new Census Bureau data.

Montana offers 45 incentives for energy efficiencies, renewables

Policies and incentives promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency in Montana number 45, the 33rd highest rank among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to data analyzed in a federally funded database.

Montana schools get 40.9% of their funds from local taxes, NEA reports

Nearly 41 percent of Montana public education funding comes from local tax revenues, the 28th highest level among the 50 states, according to data from the National Education Association.

2nd-quarter state tax collections in Montana reach $1 billion, Census Bureau reports

State tax revenues in Montana amount to $1 billion in the second quarter of 2019, the fifth lowest tally among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

2017-18 teacher pay in Montana averaged $52,776

Teachers’ salaries in Montana averaged $52,776 for the 2017-2018 school year, the 30th highest rank among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to data analyzed by the National Education Association (NEA).

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.

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.

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