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Montana Public Radio Commentary: Public vs. Private Pay

By Glenn Oppel, Policy Director, Montana Policy Institute In a year when most state legislatures were engaged in budgetary belt-tightening, Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer and public employee union representatives agreed to a pay plan package that would make any private sector worker envious. According to the agreement, each of the next two years state workers […]

Montana Taxpayers Foot the Bill for the Public Sector Pay Premium

By Glenn Oppel, Policy Director, Montana Policy Institute In a year when most state legislatures were engaged in budgetary belt-tightening, Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer and public employee union representatives agreed to a pay plan package that would make any private sector worker envious. According to the agreement, each of the next two years state workers […]

Teen Unemployment and The Minimum Wage Study (2012)

Click here for full study (PDF – 4MB) By Glenn Oppel, MPI Policy Director As the Great Recession persists, unemployment remains a key concern in Montana and the nation as a whole. Although the jobs situation in Montana is somewhat better than the national average, the unemployment rate for working-age teens (16-19) is historically very […]