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The Montana state Board of Investments OKs $10.5 million coal-tax loan for computers

The state Board of Investments on Thursday unanimously approved allowing the state Revenue Department to borrow $10.5 million in coal-tax money to pay for a new computer system to replace its costly and troubled former…

Utah government Web site named tops in the nation

The Center for Digital Government has recognized Utah’s state government Web site, http://www.utah.gov, as "Best in Breed" and a "Successful Public-Private Partnership."

Many states question value of part-time legislators

"People are very negative toward their politicians now, and part of that is the result of part-time legislators getting caught,"

Montana Secretary Of State to "ARM" the Web

Secretary of State Bob Brown announced that the Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) are now available on the web in a fully searchable format. "Our office worked hard to develop a user-friendly, online version of…

Gov. Gary Locke Launches Web Site to Make Washington State Government Even More Accessible to Businesses and Citizens

It provides links to cities, counties, economic development councils,
business license information, agency rulemaking information, and
environmental permitting.

Wyoming Governor, Dave Freudenthal receives good marks for 1st year

For Freudenthal, it’s a matter of keeping it all in perspective. He knows that governing is not a perfect science and the philosophy of his administration is: Try to do the right thing.

‘Wisconsin Partnership’ Website Provides Local Government Discounts

Through this partnership, local governments can increase their purchasing power by receiving the same discounts the state receives. (Does your state have a site like this?- Let us know and we’ll post it.- Russ)

South Dakota officials urged to join anti-terrorism Net service (Is your community connected?)

The system not only provides information from federal officials. It also includes Internet bulletin boards to let officials discuss issues and an e-mail system so information can be quickly sent to specific people

HR chief says lack of raises spurs exodus of Idaho state workers

No raises for state employees for two straight years is prompting many to move to other jobs despite a difficult employment market, Idaho Division of Human Resources Director Ann Heilman warns.

Opinion – Work with elected officials for better state government

Currently, government agencies have hodge – podge methods of providing citizens a way to file a complaint, ranging from no formal process at all, or just taking notes over the phone, to perhaps a procedure that nobody in the agency even understands. Talk to your friends and neighbors. Then tell your elected representatives to look closely and enact the right changes so that our government will operate the way it should.

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