Reports

Montana Budget Update: Where Do We Go from Here?

September 7, 2017
The recent decline in state revenue threatens Montana’s ability to adequately invest in the public institutions and services that educate our children, keep our communities safe, and provide health care and other services to our most vulnerable neighbors. Between January and July 2017, legislative action has resulted in $218 million in general fund cuts, and it appears more cuts are on the horizon which will impact every part of the state budget.

Policy Basics: Taxes in Indian Country. Part 1 – Individual Tribal Members

July 25, 2017
Few people understand the nuances of how taxes work in Indian Country. As a result, taxation authority in Indian Country has been one of the most litigated issues between tribes, states, and local governments. Furthermore, there is much misinformation and many missed opportunities for innovative and mutually beneficial inter-governmental collaborations that respect tribal sovereignty. 

House and Senate GOP Health Bills Endanger Healthy Montana Kids Program

July 18, 2017
Healthy Montana Kids (HMK) provides vital health care coverage to more than one in three children in Montana. HMK, which includes both children’s Medicaid and the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), not only improves the health of children, it also has lifelong impacts on recipients’ physical and financial well-being.

Rural Montana Hit Harder Under Senate Health Care Plan

July 10, 2017
Recently, MBPC released a report showing that the House-passed Affordable Health Care Act will hit rural Montana harder than our urban centers. The Senate took the deeply flawed House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA) and made relatively minor adjustments to the bill’s framework.

2017 State-Tribal Legislative Impacts

June 1, 2017
State and federal budgets both play a significant role in relieving poverty, promoting health, and building economic opportunity in Indian Country. Both also have a substantial impact on the lives of American Indians living on- and off-reservation in Montana. Recently, the 2017 Montana legislature considered a number of bills that held direct implications for American Indians in our state.

Rural Montana Hit Harder Under House-Passed Health Care Plan

May 30, 2017
The House-passed health care bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), will result in tens of thousands of Montanans losing coverage, increased health care costs for many Montana families, and the loss of billions in federal Medicaid funds to provide coverage for Montana children, elderly, and people with disabilities.

Indian Country Suicide Prevention: A Critical Investment for Our Communities

April 5, 2017
Suicide prevention programs can be a critical component to lowering rates of suicide and improving health outcomes. Given the high rate of suicide in Montana, the legislature should prioritize investments in suicide prevention programs, particularly those focused on American Indians, American Indian youth, and veterans.

Tourism Could Be an Economic Driver in Indian Country With Focus and Investment

March 22, 2017
Tourism is one of Montana’s leading industries, creating thousands of jobs and contributing billions of dollars to our state’s economy annually. Tourism activities in Indian Country continue to grow and represent a significant opportunity to expand economic development on reservations and across the state.

HB 391 – The Montana Earned Income Credit: Helping Montana’s Working Families and Economy

March 14, 2017
House Bill 391 (HB391) would create the Montana Working Families Credit which would incentivize work and provides assistance (usually for 1-2 years) to working low-income families. This targeted policy is the most effective anti-poverty program in history, lifting millions of children out of poverty.

Capital Gains Tax Credit: Valuing Wealth Over Work in Montana

March 10, 2017
In 2003, the Montana Legislature passed a capital gains tax credit that benefits a very narrow portion of our population at the great expense of our collective ability to adequately invest in public programs, from education to health care. Currently, Montana is one of just nine states offering a significant tax break for capital gains income.