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State investment board needs more expertise, audit finds

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.

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School choice advocates -- losers at 2013 session -- vow to return with same bills

School choice advocates -- losers at 2013 session -- vow to return with same bills

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.

May 17, 2013 4:59 pm Related Loading…
Lewis is finishing long state government career

Lewis is finishing long state government career

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.

May 01, 2013 7:40 pmLoading…
New Historical Society building not funded again

New Historical Society building not funded again

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.

April 25, 2013 7:04 pm Related Loading…
Senate OKs 2 pension bills

Senate OKs 2 pension bills

HELENA — The Senate on Wednesday endorsed the two major bills seeking to repair Montana’s financially troubled pension funds for teachers and public employees.

April 17, 2013 3:26 pm Related Loading…
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…
House narrowly endorses school choice bill

House narrowly endorses school choice bill

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.

April 06, 2013 4:32 pm Photos

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Senate turns down Williams for regents

Senate turns down Williams for regents

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.

April 04, 2013 7:35 pmLoading…
Senate advances watered-down charter school bill; House endorses other school choice bill

Senate advances watered-down charter school bill; House endorses other school choice bill

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.

April 03, 2013 5:07 pm Related Loading…

Williams confirmation as regent up for debate Thursday

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.

April 03, 2013 4:51 pmLoading…

Bill to overhaul campaign finance law passes

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.

March 25, 2013 9:50 pmLoading…
Who, and what, are behind school-choice movement in Montana?

Who, and what, are behind school-choice movement in Montana?

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.

March 18, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Both big pension fixes still alive at Legislature

Both big pension fixes still alive at Legislature

HELENA — The House will face a choice between two conflicting approaches to fixing Montana’s financially ailing pension systems.

March 12, 2013 1:17 pm Photos

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Opponents rip into school choice tax credit bill

Opponents rip into school choice tax credit bill

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.

March 08, 2013 4:45 pm Photos

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Major pension bills face vote next week

Major pension bills face vote next week

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.

March 05, 2013 5:45 pm Related Loading…
Bills advance to provide public funding for private, charter schools

Bills advance to provide public funding for private, charter schools

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.

February 06, 2013 6:54 pm Related Loading…
Bill to end certain pension funds for new public employees draws opponents

Bill to end certain pension funds for new public employees draws opponents

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.

January 29, 2013 11:14 am Related Loading…
Essmann may provide 'sharper edge' as state Senate president

Essmann may provide 'sharper edge' as state Senate president

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.

January 06, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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Guest opinion: Montana can fix its public pension programs

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.

December 15, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Governor's pension proposal languishes

Governor's pension proposal languishes

HELENA — The Legislature, somewhat predictably, isn't rushing to embrace Gov. Brian Schweitzer's proposed pension system fix.

August 08, 2012 7:18 pmLoading…

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