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Monday, March 27, 2017

Sharia law, Livestock and Sage-Grouse

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

“Effects of livestock grazing on greater sage-grouse populations can be positive or negative depending on the amount of grazing and when grazing occurs, according to research published today in Ecological Applications. The research was conducted by scientists from the United States Geological Survey, Colorado State University and Utah State University.”

Friday, March 24, 2017

Game Wardens, Employment

Missoulian: Hiring rises in 11 US states last month, gains widely spread
State Employment and Unemployment Summary
“Unemployment rates were significantly lower in February in 10 states, higher in 1 state,
and stable in 39 states and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
reported today. Nine states had notable jobless rate decreases from a year earlier, and 41
states and the District had no significant change. The national unemployment rate, at 4.7

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Mine Pollution; Protecting Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping; Ending Medicaid Expansion

Missoulian: Ending Medicaid expansion would have big impact, health-care providers say
American Health Care Act
“Later, following additional changes to subsidies for insurance purchased in the nongroup market and to the Medicaid program, the increase in the number of uninsured people relative to the number under current law would rise to 21 million in 2020 and then to 24 million in 2026. The reductions in insurance coverage between 2018 and 2026 would stem in large part from changes in Medicaid enrollment—because some states would discontinue their expansion of eligibility, some states that would have expanded eligibility in the future would choose not to do so, and per-enrollee spending in the program would be capped.”

How Repealing Portions of the Affordable Care Act Would Affect Health Insurance Coverage and Premiums
“Premiums in the nongroup market (for individual policies purchased through the marketplaces or directly from insurers) would increase by 20 percent to 25 percent—relative to projections under current law—in the first new plan year following enactment. The increase would reach about 50 percent in the year following the elimination of the Medicaid expansion and the marketplace subsidies, and premiums would about double by 2026.”