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Montana Governor Bullock approves six bills to cover $227 million gap in Montana budget, vetoes two others:


Gov. Steve Bullock gave approval Friday to six bills passed during last week's special legislative session, which will most of the state's $227 million budget gap. The Democratic governor also vetoed ...


State work-comp fund sues to block $30M transfer approved last week by Montana special session:


"Montana State Fund funds and assets belong to MSF policyholders and cannot be encumbered by the Legislature," the suit said. "... It is not the duty of MSF policyholders to solve the state's fiscal problems." The ...


Missoulian editorial - Legislators should hear about effects of their refusal to raise taxes :


A state budget disaster has been averted, but Montanans must now brace ourselves for the drastic cuts to come. Make no mistake: These reductions are going to hurt. They shift the state's financial ...


Montana House majority leaders offer special session wrap-up:


Republicans were in Helena last week with a strong message: we will not raise taxes on hardworking Montanans. When faced with the budget challenge before us, the Legislature could have simply voted down ...


Montana Governor Bullock says he'll veto state worker furloughs, may not renew prison contract:


Gov. Steve Bullock said Thursday he expects to veto a bill passed in the special legislative session directing the executive branch of state government to furlough certain employees to save $15 million ...


Montana GOP majority expands special session on budget, transgender issues -Governor Bullock already making budget cuts:


Republicans used their majority power Tuesday to expand the agenda at the Montana Legislature's special session on the state budget - including a bill to essentially block a Bullock administration rule ...


Governor Bullock, lawmakers should work for compromise :


Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is commended for calling state lawmakers to Helena this week to deal with an anticipated $227 million budget shortfall. And the plan he has laid out is a reasonable starting ...


GOP has votes to expand session; Shelby private prison looks like a flash-point:


Under its current contract with the state, CoreCivic, the prison's owner, controls a fund that contains $32 million in state money, set aside as a potential down payment for the state to buy the 20-year-old, ...


Montana GOP attempts to call its OWN special legislative session:


Political in-fighting is already taking place in advance of next weeks special legislative session. Governor Steve Bullock called the state's first special session in 10 years to address a $227 million ...


Montana colleges could face $44 million cut if special session fails:


If the Montana Legislature rejects the governor's budget-balancing plan in next week's special session, the University System may face, not a best-case scenario of $4.5 million in cuts, but a worst-case ...


MT Republicans plan to expand special session agenda:


Legislative Republicans plan to expand next week's special session agenda, to include more options to fill Montana's $227 million budget hole, MTN News has learned - including $32 million from an account ...


Governor Bullock calls Montana lawmakers back for special session, releases list of cuts to state agencies:


Governor Steve Bullock today called the Montana Legislature back to Helena for a special session to begin at 12:00pm on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, with hearings beginning on Monday, November 13, 2017. "I ...


Special session talk hovers over Montana Capitol, GOP says not close on deal:


I was told recently by a source who heard it from another source that the special session to deal with the state's $227 million budget deficit and depleted fire fund will likely be in mid-November. That ...


Budget deal that combines cuts and temporary taxes could be close in Helena:


A deal on fixing the state's budget woes could materialize in coming days and a special session could follow shortly after, the governor's budget director said Wednesday. Over the last few weeks, Gov. ...


Montana lawmakers battling as budget office projects $227 million shortfall:


Some Montana lawmakers appear to be playing a game of political chicken with the budget, even as the state faces the possibility of not being able to afford a $120 million payment due to schools next ...


Montana Voices: Native legislators pledge to work toward bipartisan budget fix:


As Montanans, American Indians and members of the Montana As Indian legislators, we are intimately familiar with how many of these cuts will devastate Montana Indians Legislature, we share ...


Real root of the Montana budget problem:




Donors once again much more limited in contributions to Montana candidates:


Montana's limits on direct contributions to political campaigns are justified in trying to prevent corruption or the appearance of corruption while still allowing candidates to raise enough money to run ...


Bozeman Mayoral candidates talk Black-Olive, Emerson lawn, Law and Justice Center:


Ballots are out for Bozeman's elections. Two people hope when those ballots are counted Nov. 7, their name will rise to the top as Bozeman's 2020 mayor. Whoever is elected will act as the deputy mayor ...


Billings, Montana Mayoral candidates square off in Last Best News forum :


On the afternoon of Wednesday, Oct. 11, Billings mayoral candidates Bill Cole and Jeff Essmann sat down in a conference room in the Billings Public Library to field questions from Last Best News partners ...


Montana GOP leaders balk at cuts, special session, saying it's too early to claim a 'budget problem':


The Republican leaders in the Legislature on Wednesday questioned the necessity of proposed across-the-board 10 percent cuts to nearly every agency in state government, saying it's too early and there's ...


Montana Voices: Tax cuts for ultra-rich led to state's budget woes:


We all know that Montana is in a very difficult budgetary situation. Over the past few weeks, I have heard the same message over and over again from worried Montanans: The proposed cuts would cripple ...


Legislators of both parties agree: It's time to look at Montana's tax structure:


While Montana's Republican-dominated Legislature doesn't seem to have an appetite for any tax increases, as lawmakers gathered in Helena last week there were increasing rumblings about changing how major ...


"No one (in Montana) prevented from paying more" Rep. Brad Tschida, House District 97, Montana Legislature:


To all those individuals asking for a special session to "enhance state revenues" (definition: raise taxes), let me offer a suggestion and solution. Anyone who either wishes to help "enhance" revenues ...


Governor Bullock: Montana Legislature can mitigate budget cuts by approving selected tax increases:


Gov. Steve Bullock Monday said some state spending must be cut to balance the state budget, in the face of a revenue shortage - but that the Legislature could help mitigate those cuts by approving some ...


Montana Democrats trying to marshal support for special session :


Montana Democrats are trying to marshal public support for a special session to address the state budget shortfall while Republicans argue that state government needs to live within its means. The ...


Republican U.S. Senate candidate Troy Downing charged with nine Montana hunting violations:


A Big Sky businessman seeking the Republican nomination to run against U.S. Democratic Sen. Jon Tester in 2018 is facing seven misdemeanor charges accusing him of trying to buy Montana resident hunting ...


Missoulian editorial - Special session needed to reduce cuts, raise taxes :


Montana needs a new budget deal. The agreement approved by state legislators and Gov. Steve Bullock at the very end of the most recent legislative session can no longer be considered a good solution ...


Gov. Bullock: Legislature could have prevented budget cuts:


Gov. Steve Bullock said Friday in Bozeman that up to $227 million in budget cuts facing state colleges, public health and other services over the next two years could have been prevented by the 2017 Legislature. By ...


Montana Legislature fails to protect taxpayers, clean water:


Montana's landscape tells its story. From our treasured state and national parks to old mining camps, Montana has a rich and diverse history. For decades, miners and loggers put their blood, sweat and ...

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