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More residents believe tourism causes overcrowding in Montana

More Montana residents believe tourism has caused overcrowding, an annual survey by the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research (ITTR) found. A majority of the respondents across the state – 56% – agreed about the overcrowding. That level is 33% higher than 2020, and 75% more than in 2019, according to the report titled, “Montana Residents: Attitudes Towards […]

Grant program to help Baltimore seniors ‘live with health and dignity’

A Baltimore-based nonprofit is planning to use grant funding to create 300 healthy and energy-efficient homes in the eastern parts of the city. The Green & Healthy Home Initiative will use a $2 million grant to complete the transformation. Funding was received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to target households at […]

Maryland lagging behind the 18 states that have legalized cannabis use

Maryland voters may get to decide at the ballot this November if adults over the age of 21 can legally use recreational marijuana. House Bills 1 and 837 would put the legalization question on the General Election ballot, Olivia Naugle, a senior policy analyst at the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) who leads the group’s advocacy efforts in Maryland, […]

Maryland revitalization dollars go ‘all across the state of Maryland’

More than 200 initiatives that promote Maryland’s economic growth and community development will receive nearly $63 million for redevelopment projects, Gov. Larry Hogan’s office announced. All 23 counties and Baltimore City received awards through one or more of six state revitalization programs administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), according to […]

Massachusetts should ‘rethink’ transportation spending priorities, expert says

One public policy expert said Massachusetts should not spend any infrastructure on transportation until it figures out how to spend existing transportation funding more effectively. “I think the state spends well in excess of every other state on transportation already,” David Tuerck, president of Beacon Hill Institute for Public Policy Research, told The Center Square. […]

Montana inspects boats to ‘ensure they’re not transporting invasive mussels’

Montana has the advantage of being a headwater state in its fight to keep aquatic invasive species out of its waterways, but state officials inspect boats and monitor the state’s waters to prevent problems. The state has not recorded the invasive species zebra or quagga mussels in any of its bodies of water. Programs like […]

‘Record breaking visitation’ at Montana parks continues after pandemic year

Montana’s park system experienced a 44% increase in visitation during the first six months of 2021 compared to the same time in the pre-pandemic 2019. The numbers continue to grow and continue to set records, Pat Doyle, marketing manager for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, told The Center Square. “Just for a little bit of […]