Eric Dietrich

Two different versions of Montana conservatism have been butting heads for years in the statehouse. And they’ll be pitted against each other again in Tuesday's primary election as GOP voters choose them between factions of the Republican party – business-minded Republicans willing to work across the aisle and party hardliners who legislate with strict ideology.

A graph comparing native-born Montana residents to job growth
Eric Dietrich / Montana Free Press


A recent news article found that parts of Montana with more people who were not born in the state have higher job growth. Eric Dietrich wrote the story for Montana Free Press as one of the state’s only data reporters. He spoke with YPR News' Jess Sheldahl about how he takes data and turns it into stories for the Long Streets Project.

Eric Dietrich / MTFP

Housing costs have risen across Montana in recent decades, to the point where residents are feeling the pinch between wages and their rent or mortgage payments, say economists with the Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research.

The unanswered question is: why?

Eric Dietric / MTFP

A proposal by Montana Governor Steve Bullock calls for $440 million in infrastructure projects across the state, including rural water projects, dam upgrades, a state museum, and new university buildings.

Affordable Housing Advocates Look To Montana Legislature For Help

Jan 23, 2019
Colter Peterson/Bozeman Daily Chronicle

There are plenty of infrastructure priorities jockeying for scarce state dollars as the Montana Legislature meets this winter, but, with housing costs a burden for many modest-income Montanans, advocates and some lawmakers want to spend state money boosting affordable housing projects.