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Obama seeks $615 million to fight wildfires

Obama seeks $615 million to fight wildfires

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $615 million to help fight wildfires as the summer season is already prompting blazes across western states.

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County commission considers MetraPark budget

Yellowstone County commissioners took up the proposed 2015 budget for MetraPark on Thursday, making few changes but urging staff to begin planning for resurfacing parking lots, something that’s been discussed for about 10 years.

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Price tag for Yellowstone County jail expansion goes up

Price tag for Yellowstone County jail expansion goes up

The estimated cost of expanding the Yellowstone County jail got a little higher on Tuesday with no clear way for how the county would pay for it.

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County budget: 'The jail is the biggest problem'

County budget: 'The jail is the biggest problem'

Heading into a new budget year, Yellowstone County’s financial picture generally looks good.

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UM departments prepare for $9.5M in budget cuts

UM departments prepare for $9.5M in budget cuts

The commitment period for incoming college freshmen may still be months away, but the University of Montana is projecting an improvement in fall enrollment, and measures are in place to balance next year’s budget.

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Analysts: Surplus $6M higher than projected

HELENA — Analysts estimate the state's general-fund surplus at the end of the two-year budget cycle will be nearly $6 million more than previously projected.

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Daines and Walsh bad-mouth president’s budget; Tester, less so

Daines and Walsh bad-mouth president’s budget; Tester, less so

HELENA — U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., isn’t impressed with President Barack Obama’s proposed 2015 federal budget, saying it increases “wasteful Washington spending” – but he’s not the only member of Montana’s congressional delegation blasting the budget.

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Budget increase comparisons split GOP lawmakers

HELENA — Republican legislators are using different comparisons to fight over how much the 2013 Legislature increased state spending over the next two years.

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UM making adjustments to cover new $3M shortfall

UM making adjustments to cover new $3M shortfall

MISSOULA — Fewer out-of-state students enrolled in upper-division courses and more dual-enrolled students than projected will leave the University of Montana with a 1.85 percent budget shortfall, school officials said Wednesday.

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Investment returns bolster Wyoming budget

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead said Wednesday he plans to call on the Legislature to approve some level of pay raises for state employees when it convenes early next year.

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Wyoming delegate split on budget deal

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming’s Republican congressional delegation unanimously decried the agreement ending the federal budget impasse for failing to address the growing national debt, but it was divided on voting for the deal that ended the partial federal government shutdown and guaranteed tha…

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Yellowstone County proposes modest tax increase for budget

Yellowstone County commissioners are proposing a small tax increase to fund the proposed 2014 budget after making some adjustments this week.

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Students, faculty rally over cuts to UM budget

Students, faculty rally over cuts to UM budget

MISSOULA — Students and faculty at the University of Montana left their classrooms on Wednesday to converge on Main Hall, where they rallied outside the offices of administrators to voice concerns surrounding cuts in the 2014 budget.

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2013 Legislature tackled several major issues in its 87-day session

2013 Legislature tackled several major issues in its 87-day session

HELENA — From bison to abortion, from school funding to public-employee pensions, the 2013 Montana Legislature tackled a host of meaty and expensive issues during its 87-day session that ended on Wednesday.

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As Legislature enters final week, most big issues still in play – but close to solution

As Legislature enters final week, most big issues still in play – but close to solution

HELENA – From the state budget to tax relief to public-school funding, the big issues remain in flux as the 2013 Montana Legislature enters its final week -- but legislative leaders say they’re mostly haggling over a few closing details before wrapping things up.

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Montana House accepts budget bill; lawmakers eye session’s imminent wrap-up

Montana House accepts budget bill; lawmakers eye session’s imminent wrap-up

HELENA — The 2013 Montana Legislature appears headed into its home stretch, as the House Thursday endorsed the session’s major budget bill and prepared to send it to the governor.

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University of Montana budget shortfall projected at $16M

University of Montana budget shortfall projected at $16M

MISSOULA — Projecting an estimated budget gap of $16 million next academic year, the University of Montana is looking to trim costs, a discussion that could include cutting personnel.

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Bullock says unanimous budget falls short

Bullock says unanimous budget falls short

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock said Friday that the House's budget proposal still needs work when it hits the Senate.

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Legislative love-fest: Montana House unanimously passes unamended budget bill

Legislative love-fest: Montana House unanimously passes unamended budget bill

HELENA — The Montana House stunned observers Tuesday morning by endorsing the session’s major budget bill on a unanimous vote, with no amendments and virtually no debate — a historic departure from the usual dayslong, partisan floor battle of sessions past.

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Budget panel kicks off 3 days of hearings before crucial votes

Budget panel kicks off 3 days of hearings before crucial votes

HELENA – Call it a crash course on $9 billion in state spending for everything from prisons to public schools — and then, you start voting on it.

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