As members of the Montana Senate who come from opposing parties, we have often found ourselves disagreeing about political values, legislative proposals and our constituents’ interests. But we do agree there are times when we all should leave our politics, animosity and distrust at the door …
There is a war for the soul of the Republican Party in Montana. Responsible Republicans have shown leadership with conservative solutions, the path I hope voters take on June 3.
HELENA — With his first year in office nearly in the books, Gov. Steve Bullock said he can point to a number of accomplishments and a few disappointments so far, but he’s focused on the future.
More than 10,000 small Montana businesses have one fewer tax to pay next year, thanks to a new law effective Jan. 1.
HELENA — Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock and a Republican senator on Friday toured a Helena bakery that next year no longer will have to pay a property tax on its business equipment under a new law.
BROADUS — Gov. Steve Bullock, like his predecessor, is a Democrat. On most days, that would seem like the only thing they share.
Sen. Max Baucus has taken on the gargantuan task of reforming our nation’s tax code. If done right, it could turn out to be the most significant accomplishment of his career. But with well-established special interest groups standing in the way, it might be more likely that we just get more …
HELENA — With Monday’s deadline fast-approaching, it remains unclear whether legislators will succeed in overriding any of Gov. Steve Bullock’s vetoes.
HELENA — As a divided Montana Republican Party gathers Friday in Bozeman for its annual state convention, a GOP ex-legislator is suggesting the party should rate its candidates and officeholders on how they uphold party principles — and perhaps withhold support from those who don’t.
KALISPELL — Montana Senate Majority Leader Art Wittich thinks Republicans were undermined by a rift among their own ranks in this year’s legislative session, and he predicts the divide will emerge into a wider debate in months to come.
As with any legislative session, there are high and low points, drama, heartbreak and joy. The 2013 session was no exception.
HELENA — Republican legislators on Tuesday criticized the number of vetoes by Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock and some specific ones.
HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock on Monday signed into law some major spending bills to fix Montana’s troubled pension systems, raise state employees’ salaries and pay for some new and renovated university system buildings.
HELENA — Unlike former Gov. Brian Schweitzer, Gov. Steve Bullock didn’t have a ceremony in front of the Capitol to symbolically veto bills with specially made branding irons.
HELENA — The last two remaining major tax bills were amended in conference committee Tuesday and advanced in the House and Senate as the Legislature neared adjournment.
HELENA — The Senate on Wednesday endorsed the two major bills seeking to repair Montana’s financially troubled pension funds for teachers and public employees.
HELENA -- Only one income tax simplification bill survived Monday, although its Senate sponsor was not happy with a series of House committee amendments that boost the costs of his bill.
HELENA — With two weeks left in the 2013 Legislature, the Republican majority’s hopes of passing tens — if not hundreds — of millions of dollars of tax cuts appear to be fading.
HELENA — In a tense Senate Republican caucus Monday, a conservative leader asked senators to publicly show whether they would be standing with him or against him on an motion to blast a Democrat’s Medicaid expansion bill onto the floor.
HELENA — The Senate, in a vote Monday that exposed the split among Republicans, endorsed an overhaul of Montana’s campaign finance law to require anonymous “dark money” political groups to disclose their donors.