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.
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 — 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.
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.
The growing, unfunded public pension liability was one of the biggest, most urgent problems the 2013 Montana Legislature addressed.
HELENA — An attempt to modify the future impact of an error in a new pension law continued Wednesday, but wasn’t resolved.
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.
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 — 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HELENA — Gov.-elect Steve Bullock has released the salaries for members of his Cabinet and staff.
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.
There’s a problem between the Montana’s legislative fiscal office and the governor’s budget office.
HELENA — Montana’s management of its long-term state employees’ pensions is cause for “serious concern,” a new report by the Pew Center on the States says.
HELENA - Gov. Brian Schweitzer is naming his education policy advisor to be the office's new budget director.