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Media Trackers Montana: 50 State Legislators Discuss Free Markets at Montana Policy Institute Forum

A total of 50 state legislators and approximately 130 people met this weekend to discuss free market principles for Montana. The two-day event was hosted by the Montana Policy Institute (MPI) and focused on gearing up both state legislators and the general public for the upcoming 2013 legislature. The forum featured discussions and presentations on […]

Montana Pig Tales

Once upon a time there was a wonderful land with untold riches. This land had fertile soil to grow more food than the locals could eat, gems and minerals that were sought after worldwide, trees for their houses and abundant fuel for their stoves. This wonderful land was filled with opportunity, and happy families prospered […]

Press Release: Montana State and Local Public Employees Earn 15 Percent More in Total Compensation Than Private Sector Workers

Press Release 11/8/2012 For Immediate Release Contact: Glenn Oppel, Policy Director Montana Policy Institute 406-443-4205 goppel@montanapolicy.org Summary: Decision makers and taxpayers often hear that public employees earn less than private sector workers. In Montana, the State Human Resources Division’s latest biennial salary survey enforces this impression, concluding that public employees earn 13.3 percent less than […]

The Montana Supreme Court Versus the Rule of Law

By Robert G. Natelson, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Jurisprudence, Montana Policy Institute Click here for full study. (PDF – 3.77MB) Executive Summary There is a consensus among researchers that adherence to the rule of law is crucial to vigorous economic growth. Montana’s economy has lagged the economy of most of the United States since the 1980s, […]

Montana’s Education Funding: A Fiscal Roadmap for Montana (2012)

By Curt Nichols, MPI Fellow Click here for full study. (PDF – 3.4MB) Executive Summary Montana’s school funding and administration system is complex, and disappointing student outcomes indicate room for improvement. Those who wish to improve the system will need a basic understanding of these systems or their arguments and ideas will fall on deaf […]

Media Trackers Montana: New Study Says State Employees Receive 15% More in Total Compensation than Private Sector Workers

A new study released by the Montana Policy Institute (MPI) shows that employees of the state of Montana receive 15 percent more in total compensation than employees in the state’s private sector. Unlike Montana’s State Human Resources Division’s biennial salary survey, the MPI study on public and private wages in the state includes fringe benefits […]

3rd Biennial MPI Legislative Forum

In preparation for the 2013 Legislative Session, Montana Policy Institute is bringing national, state, & local experts together for a discussion of budget reform, fiscal discipline, government transparency, education policy, & property rights and providing practical alternatives to return growth and prosperity to Montana. Our Friday evening dinner forum keynote will be Stephen Moore, Editorial […]

Media Trackers Montana: Bullock’s Office Seeks to Dismiss Suit Against Former Political Practices Commisioner

Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock’s office is seeking the dismissal of a law suit against former Montana Commissioner of Political Practices (COPP) Dave Gallik brought by the Montana Policy Institute (MPI). The suit was filed under the 2005 “False Claims Act,” which alleges on behalf of the state that Gallik worked for his private law […]