Thursday Numbers

I talk an awful lot of smack for someone who tips over when putting on their underwear. –Anonymous

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 Trump’s political rallies, Shelter Island Estate, unemployment, Montana Millionaire, Ezekiel Elliott, Trump’s false things, baby names, Montana minimum wage, Great Falls parking fees, and much more!


The 40 political rallies that President Donald Trump attended leading up to the 2018 election cost taxpayers $17 million. (

Earlier it was reported by MTN News that $3 million was spent just on trips to Montana.


Shelter Island Estate, a mansion and island on Flathead Lake in Montana, has sold for $13.95 million. The original asking price was $78 million. (Lee Newspapers)

Paradise! I’ll let you know when I’m having friends over…


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


All 150,000 tickets have been sold for the “Montana Millionaire” lottery game. (Montana Lottery)

Good luck…


That’s how much Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was fined by the NFL for placing both money and teammate Dak Prescott in the red Salvation Army kettle in their 31-23 win against the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving. (Yahoo Sports)

That fine was a little harsh…


As of this morning, that is how many false things Donald Trump has said since he became President. (Toronto Star)

He just keeps on rolling with lies and half-truths…


The Trump women are popular in hospital nurseries with new parents looking to name their babies. An AreaVibes review of names picked around the nation shows that the popularity of “Melania” has surged 227 percent, and for “Ivanka,” it’s up even more, 362 percent. (

By the way, naming someone “Donald” is down 11% since 2015…


The minimum wage in Montana will increase to $8.50 per hour beginning on January 1, 2019. Currently, it is $8.30 per hour. The Federal minimum wage $7.25 per hour (MTN News)

Good job, Montana!


KRTV in Great Falls is reporting that the Great Falls Parking Advisory Commission (PAC) recommended major rate increases for downtown parking.

The recommendations would raise meter rates along Central Avenue from 50 cents per hour to $2 per hour. The rate for the first block of streets adjacent to Central Avenue would increase to $1.50 per hour and all metered parking would go up to $1 per hour.

These increases will not help draw people downtown to shop and dine.



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