Thursday Numbers

We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. – Joseph Campbell

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include the Trump budget, the wall, Montana & Medicaid expansion, health care, unemployment, Montana Legislature, bipartisan road trip, March madness, Butte America, Walmart, and much more!


This morning (Thursday) President Donald Trump released a $1.15 trillion budget proposal that seeks a major increase in military and other security spending while slashing spending in a wide range of other agencies including the EPA and State Department.(Fox News)


President Donald Trump will ask Congress for $1.5 billion this year to begin work on the wall he promised to build at the U.S.-Mexico border. The money is part of a $30 billion supplemental spending request that’s being sent to lawmakers on Thursday, according to White House budget director Mick Mulvaney.(


That’s how much Montana would have to spend extra ($126 million) a year to continue its Medicaid expansion program under proposed legislation to replace the federal Affordable Care Act, according to estimates by Gov. Steve Bullock’s budget office provided to The Associated Press in response to a public records request. In addition, the budget office estimates that 34,000 people now covered by Medicaid would lose their coverage over the next decade. (AP)

The new GOP plan needs some work – I urge Montana’s U.S. Senators to work together on health care to show Washington that Democrats and Republicans still want what is best for the country and not just to win one for the party.


The House Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act would increase the number of people without health insurance by 24 million by 2026, while slicing $337 billion off federal budget deficits over that time, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Monday. Next year, it said, the number of uninsured Americans would be 14 million higher than expected under current law. (NY Times)

Congress can do better than this – work together for a change!


That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. (USDOL)


Montana lawmakers are poised to foot the bill to defend a state senator who is being sued under the state’s public records act to release her emails. Earlier this month, a legislative committee inserted an amendment to a supplemental appropriations bill to allocate $100,000 to help pay for legal fees that might be incurred by Sen. Jennifer Fielder, a Republican from Thompson Falls. (AP)

There are just so many ways this is wrong…


Due to flights being cancelled because of weather, two Texas lawmakers, Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) and Rep. Will Hurd (R), drove 1,600 miles to Washington, D.C., in a bipartisan effort.(

I’d like to see Montana’s Senators, Democrat Jon Tester and Republican Steve Daines, do this…


It’s time for a little March madness! The play-in games are over and 64 teams are set! Today (Thursday) is the first full day of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. (

This is also the time of the year where you have to remember where the TBS, TNT, and TruTV channels are located on your television. Many games will be carried on these channels.


Butte America is getting ready for a rowdy St. Patrick’s Day by clearing out their jail and hoping to have 30 beds ready for St. Patrick’s Day, which falls on a Friday. (AP)

It’s a party…


That is Montana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in January, the lowest rate in nearly a decade. (AP)

How about that!


A second Walmart store opened in Great Falls (MT) Wednesday morning with a pep band and a choir performing near the produce. (GF Tribune)

I like Walmart…it’s great to be able to buy steak and tires at the same location…



3 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. 126,000,000:
    I believe that 82% of the new enrollees in the ACA went onto Medicaid with that burden to progressively shifting the cost to the states. 30+ Million are still uninsured today…the Democrats crafted such a horrible law that will leave a financial mark we may never recover from..

    • Barry – Thanks. “We the people” need to persuade our elected officials (Tester/Daines and a player to be named later in the House) to stop the BS of party politics and the siding with their political party instead of their constituents. We could have the best healthcare in the world for our citizens if they worked together instead of demonizing everything the other side wants.

      Thanks again for commenting Barry – it is always appreciated!


    • If I remember correctly, the state responsibility for Medicaid caps at 10% under ACA. With Trumpcare it will be much worse.

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