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Guest opinion: CSKT water compact will serve all Montanans well

As members of the Montana Senate who come from opposing parties, we have often found ourselves disagreeing about political values, legislative proposals and our constituents’ interests. But we do agree there are times when we all should leave our politics, animosity and distrust at the door …

August 22, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Chamber's numbers don't make a case against EPA rule

Glenn Oppel’s attack on the new EPA carbon standards for existing power plants in the June 10 Gazette does a serious disservice both to the facts and to intelligent public discussion of this important initiative to combat climate change.

June 17, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Natural gas preventing coal plant construction

Sen. John Brenden (Gazette, Oct. 6) urges Gov. Steve Bullock and Department of Environmental Quality Director Tracy Stone-Manning to oppose the recently announced EPA carbon emission standards for new power plants, which he thinks will "prevent new plants from being built," and "kill future …

October 14, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
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.

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Panel kills tax bills to help lower-income people

HELENA — The Republican-controlled Senate Taxation Committee on Tuesday rejected three Democratic bills aimed at helping low- and moderate-income Montanans.

March 19, 2013 6:57 pmLoading…

Major tax bills listed

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:

March 16, 2013 7:00 pmLoading…
Some lawmakers say tax cut bills may be whittled down to meet budget needs

Some lawmakers say tax cut bills may be whittled down to meet budget needs

HELENA — With Republicans spearheading the effort, legislators are seeking to cut taxes by nearly a half billion dollars.

March 16, 2013 7:00 pm Photos

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Sen. Dick Barrett, D-Missoula

Sen. Dick Barrett, D-Missoula

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January 01, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Walker ought to check facts on coal, economy

According to Sen. Ed Walker (Aug. 17 guest opinion), we’ve been invaded by a troop of “out-of-state” environmentalists who are trying to stop expanded production and export (to China) of Montana coal. The result, Walker claims, will be to turn down a “huge” economic opportunity that can have…

August 23, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

State highway director: Federal law provides more money, stability

HELENA — The new federal highway law is good for Montana because it provides slightly more money than in the past but also greater certainty for planning future projects, state Transportation Director Tim Reardon said Thursday.

July 19, 2012 5:14 pmLoading…

State tax receipts top 2011 projections

HELENA — State tax collections continue to top the revenue projections made by the 2011 Legislature, with revenues $137.9 million more than forecast for the two-year budget period that ends in 2013, the Legislature’s chief revenue estimator said Friday.

February 17, 2012 9:05 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Take harder look at PPL claims of economic impact

In a recent guest column, PPL Montana spokesman Gordon Criswell argued that his company’s Colstrip power plants are important to Montana’s economy because they are “responsible” for more than 3,700 jobs in the state and increase total personal income by 9 percent. Take these figures with a b…

February 04, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

Debate over oversized loads continues in Helena

HELENA — The debate continued at a legislative committee Monday over the so-called “big rig” controversy.

September 26, 2011 8:00 pmLoading…

State revenue at least $67M higher than previously predicted

HELENA — State revenues will be $67.7 million to $77.7 million higher for the fiscal year ending June 30 than had been previously projected, the Legislature's chief revenue forecaster said Thursday.

June 16, 2011 5:22 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: 2011 Legislature didn't reflect true Montana values

Those on the progressive end of the political spectrum knew it would be rough go in the 2011 Legislature for our values — including economic justice, fair taxation, corporate accountability and environmental responsibility — but I’m not sure anyone could have predicted the assault these valu…

June 10, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Cabin lease rewrite sails through House

HELENA — A bill revising how rent is determined for holders of cabin leases on state land was endorsed by the Montana House on Thursday, with supporters saying it will fix an unfair system that is making the leases unaffordable for some.

April 07, 2011 8:19 pmLoading…

House votes to nullify Missoula County's marijuana initiative

HELENA -- The Montana House voted 68-31 Tuesday to prohibit local initiatives to set law enforcement priorities, an act that would overturn Missoula County's 2006 voter-approved measure to make marijuana enforcement the county's lowest priority.

February 22, 2011 1:30 pmLoading…

Opposing assisted-suicide bills being drafted

HELENA — A Missoula lawmaker is drafting a measure to implement the state Supreme Court's decision to allow physician-assisted suicide, an issue likely to be debated in the next legislative session alongside a separate proposal to ban the practice in Montana.

July 09, 2010 12:54 pmLoading…

Missoula lawmaker wants to implement court’s physician-assisted suicide ruling

HELENA — A Missoula legislator is having a bill drafted to implement a 2009 Montana Supreme Court decision to allow physician-assisted suicide when a terminally ill patient requests it.

July 08, 2010 6:34 pmLoading…

Guest Opinion: America can improve health, energy policy

President Obama's visit to Montana provides an opportunity to reflect on the similarities between reform of our nation's health care system and the need to enact climate solutions to create a clean energy economy.

August 14, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

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