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July 30, 2013

MISSOULA – After four straight years of trillion-dollar annual budget deficits, the news is dawning on all political parties that the federal budget is long due for serious repair, and that less spending is part of the process. As a state that historically has gotten $1.50 back for every dollar it sends to Washington, D.C., questions arise as to what the future holds for Montana and whether our pain will be more or less than other regions.

University of Montana economists Patrick Barkey and Paul Polzin will examine the key role the federal government plays in the Montana economy, and how changes in that role can be expected to play out across the state during the eighth annual Midyear Economic Update seminar series.

This year’s series, “Montana’s Federal Economic Footprint: The Local Impact of Changes in Washington,” will be held in seven cities around the state. The first seminar kicks off in Kalispell on Thursday, Aug. 1. The session will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel and includes lunch. Additional events are scheduled as follows:

  • Billings – 7-8:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 6, Crowne Plaza. Includes breakfast.
  • Bozeman – Noon-1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 6, Best Western GranTree. Includes lunch. 
  • Helena– 7-8:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 7, Jorgenson’s. Includes breakfast. 
  • Butte– Noon-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 7, Comfort Inn. Includes lunch. 
  • Great Falls – 7-8:30 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 8, Hilton Garden Inn. Includes breakfast. 
  • Missoula – Noon-1:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 8, Holiday Inn Downtown. Includes lunch. 

The event is co-sponsored by the Montana Chamber of Commerce and UM’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research. For more information, visit or call BBER at 406-243-5113.



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Contact: Patrick Barkey, director, UM Bureau of Business and Economic Research, 406-243-5113,