Strengthening Families, Strengthening Our Economy: The Economic Benefits of Pre-Kindergarten

Adult Helping Young Children at Montessori/Pre-School
Investing now in kids and families will strengthen Montana’s children and families, our communities, and the state’s economy. Quality, public pre-K helps parents work, reduces education costs, increases future earnings of participants, and reduces the state’s spending on corrections. Montana is currently one of only eight states not investing in its youngest learners.

Montana Loses Millions Each Day By Not Expanding Medicaid

Montana's Fading Opportunity
Montana is missing out on millions of dollars every day, in addition to thousands of jobs, by not expanding the state’s Medicaid program so more Montanans can gain health coverage. On January 1, 2014, the federal government made funds available to states that choose to expand their Medicaid programs. Because Montana’s legislature has so far refused to accept the federal funds and extend Medicaid coverage to as many as 70,000 low-income individuals, Montana has been losing as much as $1.96 million of federal funds every day.

Uncompensated Care: A Drag on Montana’s Economy

Each year, Montana’s health care providers – including doctors, nurse practitioners, and hospitals – treat thousands of low-income people who can’t pay for their care because they can’t afford health insurance. This uncompensated care costs providers, as well as the state and local communities, millions of dollars. Montana can help address this problem of uncompensated care by accepting available federal dollars to expand Medicaid to people earning less than 138 percent of the federal poverty line ($16,000 for an individual, and $27,000 for a family of three).

Michele’s Story: A Woman Caught in the Coverage Gap

Medicaid expansion would provide up to 70,000 Montanans with affordable health care coverage. Watch this new video from MBPC to listen to Michele’s story and hear how expanding Medicaid would benefit her.

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February 20, 2015
In 1999, the legislature created a tax break for oil and gas companies that lowers the taxation of oil and gas production during the most profitable period of extraction.
February 20, 2015
Proposals for tuition tax credits reallocate critical state investment in public schools in our communities, cost the state millions of dollars, and are not a viable option for Montana families, students, and communities.
February 9, 2015
The Indian Country Economic Development (ICED) program has made a significant contribution since its inception in 2005. This investment continues to receive a return by allowing for the creation and retention of local jobs and the establishment and growth of businesses – allowing dollars to stay in rural economies and multiply.

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