HELENA — As a “government town,” Helena and its county, Lewis and Clark, often are seen as reliably Democratic — but that’s not always the case.
A group of state Democratic legislators spent Thursday in the East Billings Urban Renewal District talking about ways to fix blighted neighborhoods.
HELENA -- Democrats fielded at least one candidate in every contested Montana House and Senate seat by the filing deadline Monday, and said they’re primed to challenge Republicans this election year for control of the 2015 Legislature.
HELENA - A panel of Montana lawmakers on Tuesday questioned Missoula's requirement that companies pay $309 for a permit to move a megaload of oil-refinery equipment through the city, on top of the permit and fees already required by the state.
HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock gets mixed reviews, often but not always following party lines, for his first year as Montana’s chief executive.
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.
HELENA — On a party-line vote Friday, the Legislative Council rejected an attempt to subpoena emails, text messages and other correspondence to and from a state retirement board during its meeting last month.
HELENA — A legislative panel this week begins a yearlong project to explore ways to reinvigorate a branch of government that some lawmakers believe is playing a lesser role since the passage of term limits.
Here's to working together. Here's to the slow, arduous pursuit of compromise. Here's to the overlooked, underappreciated, unglamorous middle ground. These days, we hear so much from the fringes that it's easy to forget that progress is possible.
HELENA — After the gavels came down Wednesday on the 2013 Legislature, Gov. Steve Bullock and legislative leaders had widely different assessments about what was accomplished — and what wasn’t — in the session.
HELENA — Montana’s 2013 Legislature streaked toward an early close Tuesday, as Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock and House Republican legislative leaders worked late into the evening to craft a final budget and spending deal.
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.
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 – Some legislative Republicans and others are scrambling to come up with an alternative to Medicaid expansion, instead using public funds to help uninsured, low-income Montanans buy private health insurance.
Rep. Chuck Hunter, D-Helena, sits in a corner of a packed hearing room at the Capitol in preparation for testimony on Gov. Steve Bullock’s Medicaid expansion bill, which Hunter is sponsoring.
HELENA — House Democrats have said it’s a “top priority” to restore to the state budget $4.6 million in federal funds for family-planning clinics across the state. But on Tuesday, as part of a deal on House Bill 2, they made no attempt to do so.
HELENA — Here are some major tax bills before the 2013 Legislature, their financial impact to the state general fund over the next two years and their status:
HELENA – Gov. Steve Bullock on Wednesday unveiled his proposal to expand government-funded health insurance for 70,000 low-income Montanans, saying the expansion of Medicaid can help transform how health care is delivered and paid for.
HELENA — Conservative opponents of expanding Medicaid coverage for poor Montanans have launched a public-relations counter-attack, including mailers criticizing the expansion as a plan to put more people on “government-controlled health plans.”
Expanding Medicaid saves money, creates jobs and lowers the cost of health care. That's a plan that upholds values legislators on both sides of the aisle share. So it was disappointing to read a recent opinion in this paper by two of our colleagues that didn't cover the full range of this pr…