HELENA — A legislative committee endorsed a staff recommendation Thursday for lawmakers to change the law to require the state Board of Investments to have a greater collective knowledge of institutional investments.
HELENA — While advocates of school choice struck out again this year in Montana, failing to enact a bill providing tax credits or any public money for private or charter schools, they say they’re not giving up.
HELENA — Hired as an $8-an-hour state budget analyst in 1973, Sen. Dave Lewis is winding down what may be an unparalleled career in Montana government.
HELENA — The Montana Historical Society came up empty again in its attempt to obtain money from the Legislature to proceed with plans to build its new Montana Heritage Center.
HELENA — The Senate on Wednesday endorsed the two major bills seeking to repair Montana’s financially troubled pension funds for teachers and public employees.
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.
HELENA – The Montana House Saturday narrowly endorsed the session’s major school choice bill, which would create state income tax credits for donations to groups that fund scholarships for kids attending private schools.
HELENA — On a mostly party-line vote of 26-23, the Montana Senate on Thursday refused to confirm former U.S. Rep. Pat Williams as a member of the state Board of Regents.
HELENA — The state Senate Wednesday endorsed a bill allowing public charter schools in Montana, but not before a razor-close vote watered down the proposal by limiting any new charter school’s independence from state education rules.
HELENA—The Montana Senate will debate and vote Thursday whether to confirm former U.S. Rep. Pat Williams as a member of the state Board of Regents.
HELENA — The Senate, in a vote Monday that exposed the split among Republicans, endorsed an overhaul of Montana’s campaign finance law to require anonymous “dark money” political groups to disclose their donors.
HELENA — Advocates for “school choice” — the use of tax credits or public money to help finance public-school alternatives in Montana like charter or private schools — have hit a high-water mark this Legislature, getting a major bill through a chamber for the first time.
HELENA — The House will face a choice between two conflicting approaches to fixing Montana’s financially ailing pension systems.
HELENA — State Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Dennis Parman didn’t mince words Friday when he blasted supporters of this session’s major bill creating tax credits to help finance scholarships for kids attending private schools in Montana.
HELENA — With deadlines fast approaching, the Joint Select Committee on Pensions intends to vote on the major pension bills on March 12, its chairman said Tuesday.
HELENA — Three “school choice” bills that use state funds or tax credits to help finance private or charter schools passed out of legislative committees Wednesday on mostly party line votes, with Democrats solidly opposed.
HELENA — Representatives of unions, retirees and state pension funds lined up Tuesday to criticize a bill to end guaranteed pensions for new public employees and replace them something similar to 401(k) plans in the private sector.
HELENA — Montana’s new Senate president, Republican Jeff Essmann of Billings, says his earliest childhood memories are of his family’s dry-cleaning business, watching an artist paint seasonal Christmas scenes on the store’s plate-glass windows.
Our public retirement systems are in trouble, but not the kind of trouble I read in the headlines recently. We can fix them and we should do it now. But we need to remember how they got into trouble in the first place.
HELENA — The Legislature, somewhat predictably, isn't rushing to embrace Gov. Brian Schweitzer's proposed pension system fix.
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