Resources

State Government

Legislative Fiscal Division
Find fiscal analysis of state government, estimates of state revenue collections, analysis of proposed executive budgets,  and analysis of final legislative budgets.

Montana Department of Health and Human Services
DPHHS is the state agency responsible for improving and protecting the health, well-being, and self-reliance of all Montanans. On the DPHHS website you can find information about government programs and services such as Medicaid , Children’s Health Insurance, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as Food Stamps.  Also find health data and statistical reports.

Montana Department of Revenue
In addition to forms and resources for taxpayers, the Department of Revenue produces comprehensive biennial reports that provide an overview of Montana’s various taxes. 

Montana Laws
Browse and search Montana laws. 

Montana Legislature Homepage
Find legislators and bills by legislative session. Track the work of legislative interim committees.

Montana State Homepage
Homepage of the Montana State government website.

Office of Public Instruction
Find data and statistics on Montana schools and student achievement.

State Reinvestment
The Montana Reinvestment site is the state website documenting the use of federal stimulus act (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) funding in Montana. It includes a breakdown of spending allocated by the Montana Legislature and reports to the federal government.

Montana Economy and Demographics

Montana Kids Count
Find data and reports on the status of children in Montana. The Montana Kids Count Data Book includes an in-depth analysis of how children in Montana are doing in relation to health, social, economic, and education indicators. County specific data is also provided.

Montana Research & Analysis Bureau
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry’s Research & Analysis Bureau collects and analyzes labor market information about Montana.  Find a number of reports on Montana’s labor market and supply, as well as state statistics on employment, unemployment, and wage information.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Montana’s economy at a glance.

University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research
The Bureau of Business and Economic Research provides data and reports on economic  and sector performance throughout Montana. The Bureau’s annual Outlook Book provides and economic forecast for the nation, state, and counties.

Research and Policies for Building Shared Prosperity

Center for American Progress
The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan educational institute dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action.

Center for Economic and Policy Research
The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) was established in 1999 to promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people’s lives.

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is one of the nation’s premier policy organizations working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals.

CLASP – Center for Law and Social Policy
Since 1969, CLASP has been a trusted resource, a creative architect for systems change, and one of the country’s most effective voices for low income people.

Economic Policy Institute
The Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a non-profit, non-partisan think tank, was created in 1986 to broaden discussions about economic policy to include the needs of low- and middle-income workers.

Strategies to Eliminate Poverty
STEP’s sole purpose is to utilize its grants of nearly $500,000 a year to advance public policies to increase economic security and decrease poverty levels in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa

Research and Policies for Fair and Adequate Taxes

Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy
The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) is a non-profit, non-partisan research organization that works on federal, state, and local tax policy issues.

The Montana fact sheet can be found here.

Tax Policy Center
The Tax Policy Center is a joint venture of the Urban Institute and Brookings Institution. The Center is made up of nationally recognized experts in tax, budget, and social policy who have served at the highest levels of government.

Reports of Interest (non-MBPC)

Corporate Tax Dodging In the Fifty States, 2008–2010
Profitable Fortune 500 companies manage to pay state taxes on only half of their profits.

Corporate Taxpayers & Corporate Tax Dodgers, 2013
A new report looks at 10 U.S. corporations that have used an array of tax loopholes and corporate subsidies to slash their tax bills: Bank of America, Citigroup, ExxonMobil, FedEx, General Electric, Honeywell, Merck, Microsoft, Pfizer, and Verizon.

Hardship in America, Part 1: Majority of Poor Children Live in Households with Major Hardships
New CBPP analysis finds that more than half (52 percent) of poor children last year lived in households that faced one or more hardship.

Poverty and Financial Distress Would Have Been Substantially Worse in 2010 Without Government Action, New Census Data Show
Six temporary federal initiatives enacted in 2009 and 2010 to bolster the economy by lifting consumers’ incomes and purchases kept nearly 7 million Americans out of poverty in 2010, under an alternative measure of poverty that takes into account the impact of government benefit programs and taxes.  These initiatives — three new or expanded tax credits, two enhancements of unemployment insurance, and an expansion of benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called food stamps) — were part of the 2009 Recovery Act.  Congress subsequently extended or expanded some of them.

Recent Studies Find Raising Taxes on High-Income Households Would Not Harm the Economy
“The research in the field does not provide strong evidence that modestly raising tax rates at the top of the income scale would have significant growth-reducing effects on labor supply, taxable income, savings and investment, or entrepreneurship.”

The Wrong Target: Public Sector Unions and State Budget Deficits
Following the 2010 elections, multiple states took action to curtail collective bargaining rights arguing that public sector unions were a major cause of state budget deficits. A close examination of the available evidence finds that the claim that public sector unionization leads to greater deficits does not withstand scrutiny. From the Institue for Research on Labor and Employment, UC Berkeley.