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TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 26: An ice sculpture reading Middle Class is displayed as people gather to protest before the beginning of the Republican National Convention on August 26, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. The convention starts the week of August 27th. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 26: An ice sculpture reading Middle Class is displayed as people gather to protest before the beginning of the Republican National Convention on August 26, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. The convention starts the week of August 27th. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Has Anyone Seen The Middle Class? They Seem To Be Missing

The census defines the median household income at $51,017 or a little over $24.00/hr. Individual median income in 2014 is $28,595 or about $27.00/hr.

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 09: Pentagon Principal Deputy Defense Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Alan Estevez testifies about military equipment given to local law enforcement departments by the federal government during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing about at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 9, 2014 in Washington, DC. In the wake of the Ferguson, MO, police response to peaceful protests, senators on the committee were critical of the federal grant programs that allow local and state law enforcement agencies to buy armored vehicles, assult rifles, body armor and other military equipment. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 09: Pentagon Principal Deputy Defense Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Alan Estevez testifies about military equipment given to local law enforcement departments by the federal government during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing about at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 9, 2014 in Washington, DC. In the wake of the Ferguson, MO, police response to peaceful protests, senators on the committee were critical of the federal grant programs that allow local and state law enforcement agencies to buy armored vehicles, assult rifles, body armor and other military equipment. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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How Much Government Is TOO Much Government?

We pay for a lot of government. Over $3 trillion each year just the run the basic stuff — then we borrow billions more to fill in the gaps.

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Student drivers in Bozeman, Montana
Student drivers in Bozeman, Montana
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Bozeman Student Driver Courses Happening Now [VIDEO]

The person behind the wheel could be 14 1/2 years old. It's Montana Driver's Ed season so give those guys a little extra room on the road!

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Photo courtesy of  Sean Gallup / Staff /Getty Images
Photo courtesy of Sean Gallup / Staff /Getty Images
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CodeMontana Students Are Now Able to Receive College Credit for Classes

The CodeMontana project put together by RightNow Technologies founder Greg Gianforte and Startup Bozeman founder Rob Irizarry has already enrolled nearly 1,200 students, but students that enroll before September 8 will have a new opportunity: earning college credits.

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WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 1: An Activists pickets during a protest near the US Treasury Department October 1, 2004 in Washington, DC. Activists, organized by the Jubilee USA Network, protested for 100% debt cancellation for impoverished nations which the G-7 Finance Ministers who where discussing. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 1: An Activists pickets during a protest near the US Treasury Department October 1, 2004 in Washington, DC. Activists, organized by the Jubilee USA Network, protested for 100% debt cancellation for impoverished nations which the G-7 Finance Ministers who where discussing. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)
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Is America’s Spending Out Of Whack?

Everyone seems to look to government to solve the problem of lack of jobs. It’s like expecting the fox to bring back the chickens.

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Historic Grantsdale School to Reopen This Fall as a Private School

In 2013, one of Montana’s longest running schools closed its doors for what many thought would be the final time, but it appears that fear will be short lived.

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Helena Public Schools Shut Down, Again, Because of Bomb Scare

Parents in Helena are going to have another frazzled and confusing day as students at all public schools are being evacuated because of a bomb threat, the third in one week.

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Photo courtesy of Hanna Minsky
Photo courtesy of Hanna Minsky
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University of Montana Enrollment Drops by 971 Students, Decline “Expected”

The University of Montana released its 2014 spring enrollment numbers today, February 27, and are reporting total enrollment of 13,544 students, a decrease of 971 students from last fall. 

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reading child
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Most Montana Eight-Year-Olds Not Proficient at Reading, Study Says

The recently released National Association of Education Progress report for 2013 used standardized test results to show that most American eight-year-olds (66 percent) were not proficient at reading. The numbers, as collated by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, show that Montana children fare little better.

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Big Sky Resort (photo Michelle Wolfe)
Big Sky Resort (photo Michelle Wolfe)
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Boyne Excellence In Education Awards Go To 8 Big Sky Teachers

I had no idea that Big Sky Resort gifted a season pass to all Big Sky K-8 students. They have also announced eight recipients of their Boyne Excellence In Education Award. Those teachers will also receive a season pass for this coming year.

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