Enjoy this week’s look at the Montana blogosphere!
Montanan Women Can’t Afford to Make Do With Less | – “Montana legislators are taking necessary steps to bring wage parity to the state. This past Friday, The Paycheck Fairness Act (Senate Bill 158) had a hearing in the Senate Business and Labor Committee. It would enable employees to discuss their own wages and benefits openly with one another without the fear that their employer will discriminate or take disciplinary actions against them. Really though, the bill is addressing the existing wage inequities between Montanan men and women. By enabling transparency, the bill would allow individuals to detect wage discrimination in their workplace without the fear of being reprimanded or fired by their employer.” Montana Budget and Policy Center
Reps. Moffie Funk and Daniel Zolnikov team up to right old wrong – “Yanking a license is not the only recourse available to lenders seeking to collect student loans. “Plenty of consequences for student loan default already exist, including wage garnishment, tax garnishment, turned into collections, and ruined credit,” says the Montana Organizing Project, which is working with Reps. Funk (D-Helena), the prime sponsor, and Zolnikov (R-Billings) to pass HB-363, which would repeal 1997’s pay up or walk law.” Flathhead Memo
Marginalization – “There once was a group of people who “were together and had all things in common. They would sell their property and possessions and divide them among all according to each one’s need.” They cared for the widow and the orphan with great care and “They were of one heart and one mind and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common.” Any guesses? These quotes are from the book of the Acts of the Apostles- they describe the early Christian community.” From Eternity To Here
Academy Award nominee “White Earth,” a story of the Bakken told through the eyes of children | – “But his film, a haunting look at life in a hardscrabble North Dakota Bakken oil town as seen through the eyes of its children, was one of five films selected from 60 nominees in the short documentary film category. Jensen spent nine months working on the brooding 20-minute piece in and around the small town of White Earth, which has experienced population growth from 60 to 500 amid the oil boom. “It’s a ‘Grapes of Wrath‘ scenario, with families pouring into town to live in trailers and hunt for work,” said Jensen. “They come for the money they think they can make. Some make it, some don’t. The economics are brutal.”” Preserve the Beartooth Front
First Ever MT Online Legislative Newscast Covers News For Young People, By Young People | – “2Legit is a weekly video podcast that puts out valuable information on serious topics with the wit and irreverence they deserve –and some well-deserved snark and satire thrown in for good measure. If you like this blog, you’ll love these videos.” MT Cowgirl
Montana Legislature continues work on imaginary problems | – “Smacking of popular Agenda 21 paranoia, Taylor “added that the imposition of global laws could also pose a similar threat, referring to the United Nations as a potential source of legal problems in Montana courts.” The entire purpose of SB199 is to toss red meat to the far-right haters and promote the idea that somehow anyone who looks, speaks, or acts differently than me is inherently evil. This bill serves no purpose other than to give racists and bigots a place to hang their hats while exclaiming their allegiance to their own God-given interpretation of the Constitution. Surely our legislators can find better ways to spend their time.” The Button Valley Bugle