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Feds Release Data On Paycheck Protection Loan Recipients

Jul 8, 2020
Montana Paycheck Protection Program loans issued by zip code
Data: U.S. Small Business Administration Source. Graphic: Eric Dietrich / MTFP

$1.8 billion in PPP loans have been approved to 22,785 Montana recipients — roughly a fifth of the state’s 123,000 small businesses.

This story is republished with permission from the Montana Free Press.

Tens of thousands of businesses and nonprofit organizations across Montana have benefited from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a massive federal effort that has routed billions of dollars into subsidized bank loans intended to help small businesses keep workers on payroll during the economic disruption prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Senate Passes Bill Permanently Funding Public Land Management Programs

Jun 17, 2020

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed a landmark bill to permanently fund public lands management programs and maintenance in national parks.

A photo of Sweet Peaks Ice Cream shop taken on June 10, 2020
Rachel Cramer / Yellowstone Public Radio

Many economists say the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has helped prevent broad economic collapse in the U.S. But they say transparency will be key in understanding how well the program actually worked. Yellowstone Public Radio News’s Nicky Ouellet spoke with Rachel Cramer who’s been reporting on the PPP in Montana and new rules to make it easier for borrowers to qualify for loan forgiveness.

Rachel Cramer

Montana’s first all mail-in ballot primary election didn’t provide many surprises last night. But it did produce several high profile general election races.

Bullock: First Amendment Rights Need To Be Protected

Jun 1, 2020
Attendees at the Bozeman Rally For Black Lives May 31, 2020 on May 31, 2020 used chalk to write the names of people who died while in police custody or from white supremacists.
Rachel Cramer / Yellowstone Public Radio

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says first amendment rights need to be protected as Pres. Donald Trump is calling for governors to respond with force to violent protests popping up around the nation in response to the death of George Floyd.

Outside PAC money is pouring into Montana's races for Senate and governor - one indication of how competitive those races are. But money isn't the only factor, which gives some underdogs hope. Gubernatorial candidate Mike Cooney gets criticized for participating in a campaign call in his state office. Absentee ballot collection remains a contentious issue. And Montanans likely aren't as leery as the president when it comes to voting by mail.

Listen now on Campaign Beat, with Sally Mauk, Rob Saldin and Holly Michels.

Bullock Resists Spending Cuts; Republicans Try To Out-Trump The Competition

May 15, 2020

Gov. Bullock resists pressure to cut spending because of the economic fallout of the pandemic. Republican candidates sound familiar themes in their new campaign ads. Montana has a higher number of women running for office this year. And why some Democrats are thinking about voting for a Republican in the primary.

Listen now on Campaign Beat, with Sally Mauk, Rob Saldin and Holly Michels.

A generic photo of a school crossing sign.
Rafael Sato/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

President Donald Trump says states should “seriously consider” reopening their public schools before the end of the academic year, even though dozens already have said it would be unsafe for students to return until the summer or fall.

Tonight on Campaign Beat: The health and political fallout of Gov. Steve Bullock's decision to reopen the state is widely debated. One Democratic candidate for governor is critical of the decision to allow schools to reopen. And Sen. Steve Daines has increasing visibility, both in new campaign ads and public appearances.

Listen now on Campaign Beat, with Sally Mauk, Rob Saldin and Holly Michels.

Montanans Rally At Capitol To Air Grievances, Advocate Lifting Coronavirus Restrictions

Apr 20, 2020

More than three hundred Montana citizens and multiple Republican candidates for statewide office gathered at the state Capitol in Helena on Sunday, flaunting federal, state, and public health agency social distancing recommendations to express a range of opinions centered on the belief that it’s time for state directives closing schools and businesses to end.

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