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January 12, 2016

Montana school choice case continues to attract media coverage

As our readers know, PLF is representing parents and schools in a federal lawsuit against the Montana Department of Revenue. Our clients want to take advantage of Montana’s recently enacted scholarship tax credit program, which allows students to use private donations at any private school in the state. Yet the Department adopted a dis ...

December 17, 2015

Montana Department of Revenue adopts discriminatory regulations

Yesterday, the Montana Department of Revenue announced it was adopting regulations that will prohibit religious schools from accepting students that receive scholarships from Montana’s tax credit scholarship law. PLF, on behalf of the Associations of Christian Schools International, had testified before the Department, and submitted written c ...

December 14, 2015

School choice helps students, families, and schools

The Missoulian has published my guest column on Montana’s Scholarship Tax Credit Program. As you may recall, the Montana legislature enacted the program to provide parents with the opportunity to send their children to any private school in Montana. The Department of Revenue, however, recently proposed rules that unconstitutionally singles ou ...

December 03, 2015

Montana residents: PLF is interested in sharing your stories on school choice

As readers of this blog know, PLF will be challenging Montana regulations that impede the ability of Montana parents to send their children to religious private schools. I was in Helena, Montana last month and testified that the regulations are inconsistent with legislative intent, and violate the United States Constitution. Now we want to h ...

November 18, 2015

School choice in Montana helps public schools too

As my colleague Ethan Blevins discussed yesterday, we filed written testimony urging the Montana Department of Revenue to reconsider proposed regulations that would severely limit school choice in Montana. In May, the Montana legislature enacted the state’s first school choice program, which allowed students to use scholarships funded by pri ...

November 17, 2015

Genuine school choice in Montana faces a new threat

A proposed rule in Montana is threatening to geld the state’s fledgling school choice law. Montana passed a scholarship tax credit law earlier this year. The program offers tax credits for donors who contribute to the program. The money goes to student scholarship organizations, which provide tuition assistance for students who want to atte ...

May 11, 2015

Big win for economic liberty in the Big Sky State

Thanks to PLF’s lawsuit, Montana Governor Steve Bullock signed SB 396 into law on Friday, which gets rid of the state’s Competitor’s Veto law and allows PLF client Tracie Pabst to start a taxi company without asking her competitors for permission first.  The bill is a big win for economic liberty, as it also allows ...

April 24, 2015

Montana takes a step toward economic liberty

Thanks to PLF’s lawsuit, yesterday the Montana legislature gave final approval to a bill that would eliminate the state’s Competitor’s Veto law for taxi companies. Under current law, existing transportation businesses are allowed to essentially veto any new competition from people who want to start new taxi businesses. We̵ ...

April 02, 2015

Montana tries to get our Competitor's Veto lawsuit kicked out of court

Today we asked a Federal court not to throw out our case challenging Montana’s Competitor’s Veto law.  Our client, Tracie Pabst, has owned shuttle companies in Montana, North Dakota, New Mexico, and Texas, and has provided service to over 170,000 passengers without a single accident or moving violation.  Now she wants to open a taxi ...

August 08, 2014

PLF attorney to present at Montana property rights conference

The Montana Property Rights Conference will take place next week, on August 14 and August 15, at the Northern Hotel in Billings, Montana.  As a keynote speaker, I will open the conference at 1:00 p.m. with a discussion of environmental and land-use issues, including PLF’s United States Supreme Court win last year in Koontz v. ...