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Montana Association of Community Development Extension Professionals





April 2013




News Reports and Resources


Affordable Care
Kaiser Family Foundation | READ STORY

Three years into discussion of the Affordable Care Act, a majority of American voters still feel that they are too under-informed to know how the bill will affect them. The Kaiser Family Foundation's March 2013 Tracking Poll shows that attitudes toward the ACA remain divided roughly evenly across party lines.

Working Mothers, Working Fathers

Pew Research | READ STORY

This study by Pew Social & Demographic Trends presents data on the changing relationship between mothers and fathers at work and in the household. In dual-income households, 59% of mothers and 58% of fathers report spending part of their time on paid work, housework and child care. The data also shows that the division of labor between parents is more equal under such circumstances than in single-income homes.

Government Benefits
New York Times | READ STORY

This interactive tool, presented by the New York Times, displays the geographical distribution of individual dependence on government benefit programs for each decade between 1969 and 2009, showing that the share of personal income collected from benefit programs has more than doubled during this period.

Texting and Talking While Driving
Atlantic Cities | READ STORY

The Atlantic reports on a recent study by the CDC, showing that Americans are more likely to risk an accident by talking on the phone while driving than are of those polled from outside the United States. Americans showed the highest likelihood of both texting and talking while driving.

Birth and Death in Rural America
Daily Yonder | READ STORY

The Daily Yonder reports on the declining post-recession birth-rate in the U.S., noting that nearly half of all rural counties are "dying," meaning that they saw more deaths than births between June of 2011 and July of 2012. Because of rural areas' generally older population, they suffered a disproportionate share of the year's deaths: 21%, despite being home to only 16.4% of the population.

Metro Population Change
Governing | READ STORY

Governing.com presents an interactive map that displays comparative population change data for a number of metropolitan areas, including Billings, Great Falls, and Missoula. The data shows that most of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas are in the South and Western regions of the country.



President's Corner

MSU Extension is again teaming up with Rural Dynamics Inc. to bring you the 2013 "Mobilizing Rural Communities Conference," Sept. 25-26 in Great Falls, MT. Session presenters have until May 3 to submit abstracts online. Stay tuned for more information.

-Paul Lachapelle
MACDEP President

Upcoming Events

National Main Street Conference

April 14-16, 2013
New Orleans, LA
Sponsor: National Trust for Historic Preservation

Southeast Community Development Institute

April 22-26, 2013
Montgomery, AL
Sponsor: Troy University

Northwest Community Development Institute

July 8-12, 2013
Boise, ID
Sponsor: Idaho Department of Commerce

Central Community Development Institute

July 29-August 2, 2013
Conway, AR
Sponsor: University of Central Arkansas

Midwest Community Development Institute

August 5-8, 2013
Moline, IL
Sponsor: Community Development Institute

Grants and Awards

Grants for Art and Community

Deadline: April 30, 2013
Funder: Bonfils-Stanton Foundation

AgrAbility and Youth Farm Safety

Deadline: May 1, 2013
Funder: National Institute of Food & Agriculture (NIFA), USDA

Service-Learning Grants

Deadline: May 3, 2013
Funder: State Farm Youth Advisory Board

Small, Rural School Achievement (SRSA) Program

Deadline: May 31, 2013
Funder: Department of Education

Understanding and Promoting Health Literacy

Deadline: June 6, 2013
Funder: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National/International News

Unemployment Falls in 22 States

Governing; March 29

CO Unemployment Down a Full Point Since Last Year

Denver Post; March 29

OR Resisting Demand to Return Timber Payments

Oregon Live; March 28

Property Values Higher Near Public Transportation

AGBeat; March 22

Tennessee Creates "Office of Community Transportation"

Los Angeles Times; February 21

Montana News

New BLM Plan for Billings

Billings Gazette; March 29

Governor Vetoes Gun Bills

Flathead Beacon; March 28

House Backs Income Tax Simplification Bill

Ravalli Republic; March 28

Helena Group Appeals Bison Hazing Ruling

Independent Record; March 28

MT to Take $2.5 Cut to Federal Mineral Payments

Great Falls Tribune; March 28







MSU Extension

MSU Extension Community Development | Wilson Hall 2-117 P.O. Box 172240 | Bozeman, MT 59717-2240
Tel: (406) 994-3620
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