That’s A Wrap
"As 2023 quickly approaches, we look forward to continuing to provide you with original columns that focus on solutions that rely on more freedom, not more government."
As 2022 comes to an end, I wanted to take a moment and highlight some of the incredible series we were fortunate enough to provide readers this year.
Throughout the 2022 Healthcare Viewpoints series, Jack and Kathleen Brown wasted no time making sure readers were aware of new developments in everything from Direct Primary Care to Medicare Reimbursement. With healthcare being such an important topic in Montana, this series was invaluable at ensuring healthcare stayed at the forefront of Montanans minds.
You can learn more about this series below.
This year we were fortunate enough to have renowned author Lawrence W. Reed author a monthly column titled Frontier History. Aimed at providing readers with better insight into how economic freedom and liberty helped shape Montana, this series was a fan favorite.
To see all of these columns click below.
With environmental issues, energy and forest management being of paramount importance in Montana over the last few years, the PERC Viewpoints series, authored by PERC Policy Director, Hannah Downey, helped to show readers that many of our biggest problems can be solved by simply getting government out of the way.
This informative series is one you don’t want to miss.
As 2023 quickly approaches, we look forward to continuing to provide you with original columns that focus on solutions that rely on more freedom, not more government.
Happy New Year,
Montana Building Industry Association Members Set The Record Straight
Last week the Montana Building Industry Association (MBIA) Members authored a response op-ed to a prior op-ed in which the author had claimed new housing projects would be a huge drain on our water resources. But MBIA Members pointed out that residential water is the least impactful on water resources, amounting to just .4% for domestic and 2% municipal use overall.
“There is no doubt that we need housing in Montana, and articles such as the one Mr. Tubbs drafted with the anti-development mindset are perpetuating urban sprawl, increasing housing prices, reducing availability for workforce housing, and are preventing our children from being able to afford to live and work in our state.”
Our Take: MBIA Members make an excellent point in their response, water use by residences is just a small percentage of Montana’s total water use. Montana has a severe housing shortage and fear mongering about water use by residences will only make the situation worse.
New Report Slams The Montana Supreme Court For Its Bias & Justice’s Lobbying Efforts
The Special Joint Select Committee on Judicial Accountability and Transparency released its final report last Thursday. The report reached many key conclusions of concern. These include deleting public records that belong to the people, inconsistently applying conflict of interest procedures and a near-complete lack of oversight.
Our Take: It is recognized that well-functioning judicial systems are critical to boosting investment, competition, innovation and growth. Particularly important is that the judiciary secures property rights and enforces contracts. However, when justices prioritize their own will, the court’s essential integrity is threatened. The report shows several actions by members of the court that undermines the separation of powers. Securing the independence and integrity of the judiciary is needed now more than ever.
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