Montana State Government and Public Real Estate News

Helena – June 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Montana Department of Revenue would like to remind businesses throughout the state that the current reporting period for unclaimed property, which began on July 1, 2013, ends on June 30, 2014. The department would also like to remind businesses that they must perform due diligence – that is, they must attempt to contact owners of unclaimed property – between July 1 and September 30 before the November 1, 2014 deadline for reporting and remitting unclaimed property to the department. more »

MISSOULA, Mont. – May 29, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Senator Jon Tester today held a listening session on his bipartisan Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act that levels the playing field and creates jobs in Montana’s renewable energy sector. more »

Helena – May 26, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Starting in June 2014, the Department of Revenue will hold an auction to sell unclaimed safe deposit box contents. For the first time, the state will auction the items online rather than in a physical location because online auctions generally reach more bidders and fetch better prices. Moving the auction online is also part of the Main Street Montana effort to make government more efficient and effective. more »

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 »

 
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