In addition to promises from the political parties to give tax rebates, tax breaks and other election year incentives, Montana voters are facing a number of constitutional initiatives on the November ballot.
While methamphetamine is not the only illegal drug in Montana, it consumes a disproportionate share of Montana's law enforcement, social services, corrections and treatment resources according to Mike McGrath, Montana'a attorney general.
Former Libby vermiculite mine manager Alan Stringer and former W.R. Grace chief legal counsel O. Mario Favorito will be tried separately from the company itself and five other individual defendants, a federal judge in Missoula has ruled.
Gov. Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat, has announced his intention to propose to the 2007 legislative session a bill to give a one-time property tax rebate to Montana homeowners. The proposal will give $100 million of the $500 million tax surplus back to taxpayers, or about $400 per homeowner. The governor's proposal would give the money to homeowners not to big corporations owning property in the state.
The Montanore Mine tunnel south of Libby could see the light of day for the first time in more than a decade as early as next week, a Mines Management Inc. executive told the Lincoln County Commissioners on Wednesday.