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Christine Kaufmann

Gazette opinion: Calling lawmakers to curb drivers’ cell phone risk

Gazette opinion: Calling lawmakers to curb drivers’ cell phone risk

Texting while driving in Montana is dangerous, but not illegal.

June 17, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
State officials on tour to promote, demystify health insurance exchange

State officials on tour to promote, demystify health insurance exchange

The only time a hotel clerk has had to tell Anna Whiting Sorrell to keep it down was the night that the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly approved the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, on Nov. 7, 2009.

February 04, 2014 9:49 pmLoading…

Taxpayers Association meets Dec. 5

HELENA — Speakers will discuss health care, oil-and-gas drilling, public pensions and state finances at the 92nd annual meeting of the Montana Taxpayers Association on Dec. 5 in Helena.

November 23, 2013 5:51 pmLoading…

1st month: Just 212 Montanans bought a policy on the Obamacare exchange

HELENA — Only 212 Montanans were able to choose a health insurance policy on the “Obamacare” online marketplace during its first month, federal officials reported Wednesday — although nearly 2,700 people completed an application.

November 13, 2013 5:29 pmLoading…
Billings and Missoula college building projects added to bill

Billings and Missoula college building projects added to bill

HELENA -- The Senate on Monday backed the long-range building bill paid for by cash and added back two university system projects that had been stripped out last week.

April 15, 2013 10:00 pm Related Loading…
Senate panel looks at statewide cellphone ban for drivers

Senate panel looks at statewide cellphone ban for drivers

HELENA — State lawmakers are considering telling Montanans to hang up and drive — or face hefty fines.

March 26, 2013 4:33 pm Related Loading…

Gazette opinion: Capitol ideas for dealing with oil impacts

In the second week of March, the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation:

March 22, 2013 12:10 amLoading…

Panel kills tax bills to help lower-income people

HELENA — The Republican-controlled Senate Taxation Committee on Tuesday rejected three Democratic bills aimed at helping low- and moderate-income Montanans.

March 19, 2013 6:57 pmLoading…
Montana senators introduce Medicaid expansion bills

Montana senators introduce Medicaid expansion bills

HELENA — Two Democratic state senators Tuesday dropped in a pair of new bills to extend federally funded Medicaid health coverage to an additional 70,000 low-income Montanans, saying the controversial issue should be debated in the Senate.

March 19, 2013 6:11 pm Related Loading…
Bill to end oil, gas tax holiday tabled

Bill to end oil, gas tax holiday tabled

HELENA — On a straight party-line vote, the Senate Taxation Committee on Friday voted to table a bill that would have terminated Montana’s so-called “tax holiday” on oil and gas production.

March 15, 2013 5:46 pm Related Loading…
Montana tax increase proposal

Montana tax increase proposal

State Sens. Jim Peterson, left, Greg Jergeson and Janna Taylor listen to Sen. Christine Kaufmann's proposal to increase taxes for higher incomes Wednesday in Helena.

March 13, 2013 1:59 pmLoading…
Montana tax increase proposal

Montana tax increase proposal

Sen. Christine Kaufmann discusses her proposal to consider a tax hike for those earning more than $31,000.

March 13, 2013 2:00 pmLoading…
Bill seeks tax hike for wealthy, cut for others

Bill seeks tax hike for wealthy, cut for others

HELENA — Swimming against the tide of a tax-cutting, Republican-controlled Legislature, a Democratic senator wants to raise state income taxes on Montana’s highest-income earners.

March 13, 2013 1:59 pm Photos

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Lawmakers consider ending Montana energy tax breaks

Lawmakers consider ending Montana energy tax breaks

HELENA -- A pair of bills to impose new taxes or fees to help offset local impacts from booming oil-and-gas development along the Montana-North Dakota border each had their first hearing Tuesday -- with decidedly different receptions.

March 05, 2013 12:32 pm Related Loading…
Montana bill would allow 9-year-olds to go hunting

Montana bill would allow 9-year-olds to go hunting

Whether youths are more likely to continue hunting if they get into the field at a young age is being debated again this legislative session in Helena.

February 17, 2013 12:10 am Related Loading…

Medical community lobbies for bill to promote 'medical homes'

HELENA — Hospitals, physicians, health insurers and health clinics came out in force Wednesday to support a bill encouraging “patient-centered medical homes,” which are medical practices designed to offer preventive care and reduce health-care costs.

January 23, 2013 6:45 pmLoading…
News photo: Roe v. Wade 40th anniversary marked at Montana Capitol

News photo: Roe v. Wade 40th anniversary marked at Montana Capitol

HELENA — Judy Smith, a Missoula feminist and activist, spoke Tuesday in the Capitol rotunda during a rally celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision on Roe vs. Wade.

January 22, 2013 3:46 pmLoading…
Senate panel adopts revenue estimate

Senate panel adopts revenue estimate

HELENA — The Senate Taxation Committee on Friday unanimously approved a three-year revenue estimate that is within 1 percent, or $61.9 million, of what the Bullock administration projected.

January 18, 2013 6:56 pm Related Loading…

Gazette opinion: Keep Montana kids safe from abuse, neglect

The 2013 Legislature will be asked to consider four proposals generated by an interim study on childhood trauma.

January 09, 2013 12:10 amLoading…

State revenue at least $67M higher than previously predicted

HELENA — State revenues will be $67.7 million to $77.7 million higher for the fiscal year ending June 30 than had been previously projected, the Legislature's chief revenue forecaster said Thursday.

June 16, 2011 5:22 pmLoading…

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