Montana State Government and Public Real Estate News

Department marks the beginning of National Asbestos Awareness with tips to prevent asbestos contamination

Helena – April 2, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Do you know if you, your family or your employees have been exposed to asbestos? The first week in April is National Asbestos Awareness Week and a good time to learn about the number one cause of occupational cancer in the US. more »

U.S. SENATE – March 12, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Senator Jon Tester, a member of the Senate Banking Committee and lead sponsor of the Housing Finance and Taxpayer Protection Act, today released the following statement after Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) and Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) announced an agreement to move forward with housing finance reform legislation: more »

Helena – February 21, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Montana Department of Revenue would like to remind owners of real and personal property about several important application and reporting deadlines coming up.

Saturday, March 1 is the postmark deadline for reporting class eight business equipment. As a result of new law that took effect January 1, 2014, businesses that own less than $100,000 worth of equipment will now be exempt from paying taxes on and reporting business equipment. Only those businesses that own equipment with a total statewide aggregate market value of more than $100,000 are required to report their business equipment. If you have not reported business equipment in the past or you have not received a reporting form in the mail and your business equipment is valued at more than $100,000, please contact your local Department of Revenue office. more »

(HELENA) – January 7, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — January is Radon Awareness Month, and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is urging Montanans to protect their health by testing their homes for radon gas.

Radon is an invisible, odorless gas that occurs naturally from the decay of uranium and radium in many Montana soils and can accumulate inside homes. Studies indicate elevated levels of the gas are the second leading cause of lung cancer overall. Nationally, more than 22,000 people each year die from lung cancer linked to exposure to radon. more »

Senators: Montanans have a duty to care for those who sacrificed for us

WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 14, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester today announced a new investment to help Volunteers of America in Billings better serve homeless veterans in the region.

Volunteers of America Northern Rockies is a service organization that works to reduce veterans homelessness in Montana and Wyoming. The organization’s Montana headquarters is based at Independence Hall in Billings. more »

Helena – October 16, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — The Montana Department of Revenue would like to remind businesses throughout the state that the deadline for submitting an annual unclaimed property report is November 1. Montana law requires businesses to submit the report if they are holding unclaimed property. The deadline applies to all businesses except life insurance companies, whose deadline is May 1. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 27, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — When workers have needed a place to hang their hat during a Montana boom and bust cycle, transportable housing has come riding to the rescue.

On Thursday (Oct. 10) at 6:30 p.m. at the Montana Historical Society MHS Reference Historian Zoe Ann Stoltz will present a free public program, “Montana’s Booming Need for Transportable Housing,” to explore the ways manufactured housing has been used to meet those needs. more »

Grant Aims to Increase College-Going and Financial Aid Completion

Missoula, MT – September 23, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Superintendent Denise Juneau was at Big Sky High School in Missoula to announce that nonprofit Student Assistance Foundation (SAF) recently provided a $50,000 grant to support Graduation Matters Montana (GMM). This marks the second year that SAF has provided the funds to GMM, bringing the grand total to $100,000. more »

BILLINGS, MT – August 7, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Montana cabin owners today recognized Senator Jon Tester’s determined efforts to keep family cabins affordable in the face of skyrocketing land values.

Butte native and National Forest Homeowners (NFH) representative Jane Van Dyk presented Tester with the organization’s first National Leadership Award for introducing his Cabin Fee Act, a bipartisan bill that will restructure the fee system to reduce annual user fees to as low as $500. more »

U.S. SENATE – August 1, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Senator Jon Tester is backing a bipartisan bill to increase access to safe, affordable housing throughout Indian Country.

Tester’s bill reauthorizes a 1996 law that provides critical housing assistance to Native American communities. The bill increases Indian communities’ access to low-income housing tax credits and streamlines approval of affordable housing construction. more »

Helena – July 31, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — The Montana Department of Revenue encourages Montana property owners whose homes or forestlands are damaged or destroyed during wildfire season to apply for property tax relief. more »

U.S. SENATE – July 24, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) continue to build momentum behind their bipartisan efforts to protect taxpayers by reforming America’s housing finance market.

Tester and Johanns discussed bipartisan legislation they are cosponsoring, The Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act, at a hearing today in their Banking Subcommittee. The hearing examined how their legislation would rebuild the housing finance system to protect taxpayers and ensure that smaller mortgage originators, such as the community banks and credit unions, continue to play an important role in the lending process. more »

HELENA – June 27, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Montana Governor Steve Bullock today announced a $250,000 grant to the City of Glendive for emergency repairs that residents of a senior living facility are facing. Local officials reported that fire sprinklers at the building broke in April. Further investigation uncovered that the cause of the problem were the clay soils under the building giving way. The architect, general contractor, engineer, and hydrologist have since determined that repairs need to be made to save the building. more »

Senators: “Housing is Basic Building Block for Jobs, Economic Growth”

Washington, DC – June 13, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Montana’s U.S. Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester applauded significant housing grants for seven Native American communities in Montana. Baucus, a longtime supporter of the Indian Housing Block Grant Program, says nearly $21 million in grants will go toward building affordable housing on Montana’s reservations. more »

HELENA, Mont. – May 31, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — With spring flowers come swarming bees, and Montana beekeepers are glad to help remove them if people find swarms clinging to trees, fences or some other surface.

“A swarm is bees at their most harmless,” says Cam Lay, state entomologist with the Montana Department of Agriculture. “Bees sting only in defense of the hive, to protect their home and children, if you will. A swarm has no brood and no home, so they have no reason to sting you.” more »

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