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Bullock budget includes $45 million for Eastern Montana oil communities

Bullock budget includes $45 million for Eastern Montana oil communities

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock proposed Monday that the state invest more than $300 million in infrastructure across Montana in a single bill, with about two-thirds of the money coming from money raised by issuing debt and one-third from cash.

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Bullock to unveil budget plan Monday

Bullock to unveil budget plan Monday

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock’s proposed budget for the next two years will include a plan to expand Medicaid and start a pre-kindergarten education program, while he again insists that lawmakers leave a substantial “rainy day fund” or budget surplus.

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Practicing patriotism. Will James Middle School teacher Hunter Jones’ classes have sent 5,000 care packages and 10,000 letters to U.S. troops since 2002. The VFW honored Jones’ efforts to involve students by naming him VFW national teacher of the year.

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Legislative panel votes not to seek subpoena for board correspondence

Legislative panel votes not to seek subpoena for board correspondence

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.

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Administration officials tout Bullock’s cash management

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock’s sound fiscal management has allowed Montana to avoid problems faced by other states during the federal government shutdown, top administration officials said Tuesday.

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New law, higher returns boost teacher pension finances

HELENA — Major changes passed by the 2013 Legislature and higher investment returns have put the Montana Teachers’ Retirement System pension plan on a much sounder financial footing, actuaries told the board Friday.

September 27, 2013 6:10 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Unintended consequences: Pension fix must be fixed

The growing, unfunded public pension liability was one of the biggest, most urgent problems the 2013 Montana Legislature addressed.

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Montana legislative mistake could gut pension fix

Montana legislative mistake could gut pension fix

HELENA — An attempt to modify the future impact of an error in a new pension law continued Wednesday, but wasn’t resolved.

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Gazette opinion: Talk it out before Legislature adjourns

When a Montana governor issues a veto, it has greater than a 99 percent chance of being sustained, according to the record of the past 40 years.

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Bullock signs major spending bills; budget director to run final numbers on Tuesday

Bullock signs major spending bills; budget director to run final numbers on Tuesday

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.

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Retirees: Governor’s office betrayed us on pensions

HELENA — Saying it was betrayed by Gov. State Bullock’s office, a group representing retired Montana public employees is urging him to veto the bill that seeks to fix pensions for public employees.

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Funds for buildings killed, but is there life after death?

Funds for buildings killed, but is there life after death?

HELENA — A Senate committee on Wednesday tabled the bill that would have appropriated nearly $100 million in state cash for some new university system building projects and renovations and a new Montana Historical Society building.

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Budget director: Use bonds, not cash, for buildings

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock’s budget director urged a Senate committee Tuesday to finance nearly $100 million worth of new and renovated state buildings by issuing bonds, instead of paying cash.

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Governor’s pension fix draws praise, criticism

Governor’s pension fix draws praise, criticism

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock’s bill to repair the financially troubled Montana Public Employee Retirement System drew widespread support Thursday, except from groups upset with budget cuts to programs to help pay for the fix.

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Lindeen, Bullock administration lock horns over future of Insure Montana

Lindeen, Bullock administration lock horns over future of Insure Montana

HELENA – State Auditor Monica Lindeen told a legislative budget panel Friday she’s not happy with the Bullock administration’s plan to phase out a popular health insurance-subsidy program for small business — and that it should be fully funded for the next two years.

February 15, 2013 3:11 pmLoading…
No one opposes Bullock business equipment tax plan

No one opposes Bullock business equipment tax plan

HELENA — No one at a hearing Wednesday opposed Gov. Steve Bullock’s bill to eliminate the property tax on business equipment for more than 10,000 Montana businesses.

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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.

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Bullock releases Cabinet, staff salaries

HELENA — Gov.-elect Steve Bullock has released the salaries for members of his Cabinet and staff.

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Bullock names budget director, top aides

Bullock names budget director, top aides

HELENA — Gov.-elect Steve Bullock on Thursday announced some of his chief aides, tapping the three top members from his transition team and retaining Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s budget director.

December 06, 2012 2:12 pm Photos

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Gazette opinion: Get along to get numbers in Helena

There’s a problem between the Montana’s legislative fiscal office and the governor’s budget office.

November 30, 2012 12:10 amLoading…

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