Tester ranked high for transparency

The website GovTrack.us has named Montana Sen. Jon Tester as the Senate’s strongest supporter of government transparency issues. According to Tester’s report card on the site, the Democrat supports all eight Senate transparency-related bills GovTrack has identified in the current congressional session. Tester either introduced or supported the following bills: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act… Continue reading Tester ranked high for transparency

Senators ask FCC to reform rural broadband investment rules

A group of 26 U.S. Senators, including both from Montana, have signed on to a letter to the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission asking him to reform the way that Universal Service Fund support is distributed. The USF provides support to telecommunications companies to build broadband and other networks in hard-to-reach areas, such as… Continue reading Senators ask FCC to reform rural broadband investment rules

Senate approves online sales tax bill, Montana reps unanimous against it

The push is on in Washington to enact an Internet sales tax. Yesterday, the Senate voted 69-27 in favor of the [Marketplace Fairness Act][1]. The bill would give states the authority to force online retailers to collect appropriate state sales taxes on all transactions. Right now, online retailers don’t have to collect state sales taxes… Continue reading Senate approves online sales tax bill, Montana reps unanimous against it