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Missoula Responds to Minimum Wage Increase – Local Business Owners and Workers Give Positive Feedback

Montana’s minimum wage is going up 15 cents an hour to $8.05 beginning in January. An estimated 12,850 Montana workers, or 2.9 percent of the workforce, received hourly wages less than $8.05 an hour last year. The question everyone is asking now is, is this good or bad for Montanans?

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University of Montana Economist to Testify Before Congress About Energy Boom [AUDIO]

The new American energy boom associated with shale oil and natural gas extraction has led to increased high-paying jobs and stronger rural economies, according to a University of Montana economist who will testify before a congressional committee of the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday.

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Recent Net Migration Numbers Show Living in Montana is More Desirable Based on the Economy

Recent net migration numbers have portrayed Montana’s economy in a positive light.

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A Montana Economist Evaluates Obamacare [AUDIO]

A Montana economist said President Obama's Affordable Care Act helps address some of the problems with America's healthcare system, but not all.

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Economic Seminar Headed to Nine Montana Cities [AUDIO]

The 39th annual Montana Economic Outlook Seminar will hit the road starting January 28 in Helena, featuring guest speaker Greg Gianforte , founder of RightNow Technologies.

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Decline of Federal Funds to Montana the Subject of Statewide Economic Discussion

Paul Polzin and Patrick Barkey of the University of Montana's Bureau of Business and Economic Research will be traveling around Montana during the first week of August to discuss the projected decline of federal funds into the state and to discuss whether or not the bureau's economic predictions from last year are on the right track.

The discussion is titled Montana

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University of Montana Economist Says Another Fiscal Cliff Is Looming [AUDIO]

Montana's economy improved significantly in 2012, and 2013's forecast is hopeful as well, except for another fiscal cliff that looms in the near future.

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