Archives for February 2013

Bullock Names Bessette to Investment Board

“The new Montana governor picked a Hill County farmer with a wealth of local government experience to serve on the state board that oversees state investments and administers loans provided to local governments and which stimulate economic development. Gov. Steve Bullock said Tuesday that retired Hill County Commissioner Kathy Bessette is one of his four Read the Rest…

2013 ICBA Committee Invitations

ICBA has announced that the following ICBA members from Montana have been invited to serve on an ICBA committee this year: COMMITTEE: Large Community Bank Council Mr. Ed Garding, Council Member COMMITTEE: Bank Operations & Payments Committee Mr. Lee Groom, Committee Member COMMITTEE: Bank Services Committee Mr. John R. King, Committee Member COMMITTEE: FHLBank Task Force Mr. John R. King, Task Read the Rest…

Fine Points

Free-form dialogue and debate are central to policymaking in Washington, D.C. However, separating facts from the snowstorm of shrewdly crafted misinformation swirling in the nation’s capital can be disorienting. Even conscientiously nonpartisan veteran Washington operatives can lose their way during the policymaking process. Fortunately, ICBA has always had clear and persuasive facts on our side—most Read the Rest…

Full Circle

I trust that I’ve captured some of your imagination with my From the Top columns during these past 12 months and that I’ve given you some ideas to consider and possibly use in your own community banks. Through this column I’ve given you a glimpse of a typical day at the Bank in Newman Grove, as well Read the Rest…

Shop Till Rates Drop: Fed to continue its buying spree

Banking professionals have dealt with a non-stop series of precedents for an extended period of time, which now has stretched into fully five years.  Most of these events have not been particularly welcome by community banks.  As we get into 2013, we have been fully warned that there will be another externality that will, at Read the Rest…

Johnson Statement on Wall Street Reform Oversight Hearing

WASHINGTON – Today ,Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) held a hearing titled “Wall Street Reform: Oversight of Financial Stability and Consumer and Investor Protections.”  The Committee heard from representatives of the nation’s financial regulators and the Department of Treasury, and discussed the state of Wall Street Reform implementation.  Below is Chairman Johnson’s statement Read the Rest…

Executive Director Update: Feb 9, 2013

Stardate February 9, 2013 We are now some one and a half months from the end of the Mayan calendar, and the Montana Legislature proceeds on. The big bill addressed this past week by the legislature was to once again lower the business equipment tax.  Rep. Mary McNally's (Billings) HB 332 provides tax relief to Read the Rest…

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