A simple change in Montana law would prevent hundreds of serious injuries and save taxpayers millions of dollars a year. Yet proposals for enforcing the state’s seat belt law like any other law have failed in nine consecutive legislatures.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 Republican-controlled Senate Taxation Committee on Tuesday rejected three Democratic bills aimed at helping low- and moderate-income Montanans.
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:
HELENA — With Republicans spearheading the effort, legislators are seeking to cut taxes by nearly a half billion dollars.
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…
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.
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.
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…
HELENA — The debate continued at a legislative committee Monday over the so-called “big rig” controversy.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.