Minimum Wage

These Bills Died In The First Half Of The Montana Legislature's Session

Mar 3, 2015
William Marcus

Nearly 350 bill proposals have died in the Montana Legislature’s first half. Because of that, here’s some of what will stay the same in the state.

The minimum wage won’t increase for a while, speed limits will stay at 75, physicians can still aid terminal patients in dying, and the state's death penalty stands. People can still be thrown out of their house or fired for their gender identity or sexual expression.

The federal government will still be able to sell public lands in Montana. Brewers still have to jump through legal hoops to get a liquor license for a bar.

Bill To Raise Montana Minimum Wage Faces Uphill Battle

Jan 21, 2015
Montana Legislature

Today at the Montana Legislature, Democratic Senator Jonathan Windy Boy introduced a bill to raise the state minimum wage from $8.05 to $10.10 an hour.

Department of Labor and Industry Commissioner Pam Bucy says the bill is necessary.

“Montana’s average annual wage of $37,575 ranks 47 out of the 50 states.”

Sheena Rice of the Montana Organizing Project says the bill would help those who need it most.

Edward O'Brien

A new report asserts Montana's minimum wage of $7.80 an hour isn't nearly enough to cover day-to-day needs, much less student loans, credit card and medical debt.

In fact, the "Families Out of Balance" report maintains a minimum wage is barely over half of what a single adult needs to make ends meet.

The report, released today by the Montana Organizing Project in conjunction with the Alliance for a Just Society says a "living wage" would help working families transition from debt to stability.

Montana Democrats next month will choose one of two candidates who hope to become Montana's next representative in the U.S. House. Republican Congressman Steve Daines is leaving the House to run for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by former Senator Max Baucus and now held by John Walsh.

John Lewis and John Driscoll are competing for their party's nomination to advance to November's general election.

Edward O'Brien has more on the Democratic House race featuring two men with backgrounds that each says would serve Montanans well:

Edward O'Brien

Authors of a new study say it clearly illustrates what so many Montanans already know; that there are precious few well-paying jobs in the state.