It seems like blogging best practices suggests including cute pictures whenever possible. We couldn’t agree more since our work tends to be a bit on the dry side. Today’s post involves kids, and this little guy looks like the kind who would appreciate the data we are about to present.
Deciding how the state invests our tax dollars is critical to how our state supports its citizens and improves our overall economy. It is this part of the process – who receives what and why – that makes the legislature so fascinating (at least for geeks like me). With that in mind, let’s tackle one of the most important and most used words of the budget process – appropriation.
What does appropriation mean?
The Montana Budget and Policy Center advocates using our tax dollars to invest in infrastructure and policies that create jobs and boost our state economy. Glacier National Park is a great example of a smart investment. Not only is it my favorite place to visit, but also according to a news report yesterday, Glacier generated $179 million in economic benefit in 2013.
The Atlantic just published a great article on how difficult it is to handle money issues when you are poor. When You’re Poor, Money Is Expensive raises important questions about the role of traditional banks in our country and how complicated “getting by” can be.
Investing state funds in tribal colleges is a smart use of state dollars. Tribal colleges benefit our state by providing a quality, affordable higher education to students regardless of race. The tribal college system in Montana stimulates our economy and increases the pool of individuals who are trained and ready for work.
One of the things I love about Montana is the incredible American Indian culture that surrounds us. It is more than Crow Fair, the Arlee Pow-wow, and North American Indian Days in Browning. It is the names of towns and land across the state. It is the rich history and philosophy that makes our state so exceptional. Each of the 12 unique tribal groups provides us with a culture that adds to the beauty of our state. One significant example of these contributions to our state is the system of tribal colleges. It is with this in mind we announce our wonky word – nonbeneficiary.
Last week, we watched US play Germany and throughout the match discussed the various scenarios that would allow us to move on to the knockout bracket. Fortunately, USA made it! So we thought we would make the country comparisons a series as long as the US continues to stay alive at the World Cup.
So on to our next head to head – US vs. Belgium.