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Austin Knudsen

Guest opinion: Bullock's new, old borrowing plan for Eastern Montana

Eastern Montana is seeing unprecedented growth as a result of the Bakken development. This impact comes not only from drilling and related activities in Montana, but also from “spillover” into Montana from North Dakota. These impacts are real, they are in many cases severe, and they need addressing.

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Bullock to unveil $45 million Bakken communities aid package

Bullock to unveil $45 million Bakken communities aid package

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is expected to announce a $45 million aid package for Eastern Montana communities overwhelmed by the Bakken oil boom.

April 16, 2014 4:52 pm Photos

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Guest opinion: Montana officials should seek facts on coal exports

Just who is Montana Attorney General Tim Fox working for anyway?

December 20, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Washington coal port EIS jeopardizes Montana jobs

When the state of Washington announced they were taking the unheard-of step of including Montana mines and transportation networks in the scope of an environmental analysis related to a costal port in Washington, a lot of Montana industries took notice. The move was designed to undermine coa…

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Landowner bills may have cost Montana GOP lawmaker his job

Landowner bills may have cost Montana GOP lawmaker his job

HELENA — A Republican lawmaker’s support of bills opposed by the oil industry may have cost him his day job at a law firm that represents the industry’s interests earlier this year.

July 22, 2013 12:45 pmLoading…

House committee OKs bill to extend tax breaks to all new generation facilities

HELENA — The House Taxation Committee endorsed a bill Monday to extend to all new future electrical generating facilities —including coal and natural gas — the current tax breaks offered only to alternative-energy facilities such as wind.

March 18, 2013 7:19 pmLoading…
Legislature poised to help on oil, gas impacts from drilling boom

Legislature poised to help on oil, gas impacts from drilling boom

HELENA — Plenty of big issues are a long way from solved at the 2013 Legislature, but at least one looks like a sure thing: creating a multimillion-dollar fund to help Eastern Montana cities and counties deal with impacts from booming oil development.

February 17, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Bills advance to provide public funding for private, charter schools

Bills advance to provide public funding for private, charter schools

HELENA — Three “school choice” bills that use state funds or tax credits to help finance private or charter schools passed out of legislative committees Wednesday on mostly party line votes, with Democrats solidly opposed.

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Republicans like parts of Bullock speech, disagree on others

Republicans like parts of Bullock speech, disagree on others

HELENA — Republican legislative leaders praised Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock for agreeing to put the state budget online, starting Thursday, but disagreed on a number of other issues in his State of the State address.

January 30, 2013 9:51 pm Photos

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Bullock to give State of State on Wednesday night

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock will give his first State of the State address Wednesday night to a joint session of the Montana Legislature.

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Proposed legislation would remove PSC authority over taxi companies

MISSOULA — Taxi companies won’t answer to the Montana Public Service Commission if a bill being drafted in Helena ends up on the books.

January 13, 2013 10:18 pmLoading…
Rep. Austin Knudsen, R-Culbertson

Rep. Austin Knudsen, R-Culbertson

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Majority Republican leaders outline legislative agenda

Majority Republican leaders outline legislative agenda

HELENA – The Legislature’s new Republican majority leaders outlined the GOP’s agenda Wednesday, saying they’d focus on tax relief, boosting the state’s economy and revising education — but they also said they want to work with incoming Democratic Gov.-elect Steve Bullock. ...

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Battles abound in Montana legislative races

There’s no shortage of intriguing match-ups in this year’s races for the 2013 Legislature.

October 07, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Montana legislative races fill up

Montana legislative races fill up

And they're off.

March 12, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…

Rehberg supports pipeline; Tester talks to conservationists

The Keystone XL pipeline project stands ready to create thousands of jobs, add an estimated $7.5 million into Montana's treasury and move our nation toward greater energy security. A recent survey by MSU Billings shows that this ready-to-go project enjoys overwhelming support from folks here…

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School funding proposal: No action yet -- will there be any?

HELENA — The House panel with the last surviving school-funding vehicle at the Legislature kicked around some options on Monday, but took no action — and it’s not yet clear what it may or may not do, its chairman said.

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