Originally Posted by nickj
Are there issues we should be wary of? Taxes? Pollutiion? Superfund sites? Hydrofracking? Liberals?
No sales tax, but property taxes can be high depending on where you live.
A century of mining and logging has polluted quite a bit. The largest Superfund site in the country is in Montana, 120 miles long starting in Butte and ending just East of Missoula, the Clark Fork River from it's headwaters in Butte to where the mining sludge was trapped at an old damn. The was removed 3 years ago and reclamation is underway but will take years longer. The town of Libby in NW Montana was pert near destroyed by WR Grace's mining work, an entire town dying of asbestosis.
As mentioned, the Bakken reserve in E Montana and W North Dakota is possibly the largest natural gas reserve on the planet, so yeah, there is some fracking going on.
As mentioned, Montanans vote for Democrats and Republicans. There are some good old fashioned Union towns here, dating back to the days when a couple mining companies owned the state and the government. Butte, Anaconda, Great Falls, Deer Lodge and Missoula are liberal bastions. Particularly Missoula, if you do not like Liberals then you won't like it here.