The most important political office is that of the private citizen. – Louis D. Brandeis
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 Powerball jackpot, unemployment, Greg Doyon, healthcare enrollments, Breakfast after the Bell, CHIP, Alabama Senate, ATM, generic ballot, Jon Tester, National Park Service, and much more!
That is the current Powerball jackpot. The next drawing is Saturday night. (Powerball.com)
Somebody’s going to win…
That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. (USDOL)
That is how much Great Falls City Manager Greg Doyon is seeking from the City of Billings to do the same job there. The City of Billings is offering $155,000.
Doyon has also requested six weeks annually in paid vacation, $12,000 in moving expenses, an annual 7-percent deferred compensation (roughly $11,900 per year) to his retirement fund, the same cost-of-living pay increases as Billings city employees receive and the possibility of merit-based pay increased based upon annual performance reviews. Doyon was chosen from a pool of 38 applicants for the job in Billings. (GF Tribune)
Billings should move on – Doyon is not worth the extra $15,000.
Governor Steve Bullock and First Lady Lisa Bullock today announced that a total of $40,541 in private grant funding has been awarded to 10 schools to expand school breakfast programs. Through their Breakfast after the Bell initiative, Governor and First Lady Bullock have partnered with Montana No Kid Hungry to help more than 80 schools across the state serve more than 1.2 million breakfasts to 5,300 additional students. (Press Release)
Breakfast is important for children.
That is how many Montanans have enrolled in HealthCare.gov (Obamacare) during open enrollment Nov 1 – Dec 9. (CMS.gov)
Obamacare is important to Montanans.
That’s how many Montana children are at risk of losing their healthcare coverage through CHIP. Montana has enough funding to continue to operate CHIP through January 2018. (Press Release)
It’s starting to look like Republicans don’t like kids – at least those who are already born…
That’s how many votes Democrat Doug Jones is beating Republican Roy Moore by in the Alabama Senate election. There were 22,811 write-in votes. (CNN)
A man spent about four hours at the La Quinta Inn and Suites in Billings unbolting a 300 pound ATM machine. He then pulled the ATM out the door. (KULR8.com)
A recent Monmouth University Poll asked if the election for U.S. Congress was held today, would you vote for the Republican or the Democratic candidate in your district. 36% said they would vote Republican and 51% said they would vote Democrat – a 15% difference.
The Trump Administration and the Republican-controlled Congress have accomplished so much this year, why would anyone want change – just let the circular firing squad continue to work!
U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) has had 9 of his bipartisan bills signed into law by the President this year. (Source)
Very impressive (and I don’t impress easily).
U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) was named one of the most effective members of the United States Senate for his work on behalf of Montana’s veterans, service members, students, outdoorsmen, and women. The University of Virginia’s and Vanderbilt University’s non-partisan Center for Effective Lawmaking ranked Tester as the 4th most effective Senator in the minority party for the 114th Congress. (Press Release)
CBS News reports that after waiving fees 16 days in 2016 and 10 days in 2017, the National Park Service announced Tuesday that it will have four no-cost days next year. They will be Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 15), the first day of National Park Week (April 21), National Public Lands Day (Sept. 22) and Veterans Day (Nov. 11.)
Tough times for the National Park Service – maybe if they cut down on travel they could save some money…