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Gazette opinion: Bullock’s bonding proposal won’t fly

Gazette opinion: Bullock’s bonding proposal won’t fly

Gov. Steve Bullock’s latest aid package for Eastern Montana elicited as much disappointment as relief last week.

April 24, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Baucus' tax reform must be fair to energy industry

Sen. Max Baucus has one major piece of unfinished business he’s scrambling to complete before he officially leaves office. Last year, he took on the mammoth task of completely overhauling our nation’s tax structure — an undertaking that is sorely needed to help our economy and create jobs. M…

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In 2014 legislative races, the battle is on … within the Republican Party

In 2014 legislative races, the battle is on … within the Republican Party

HELENA — In the campaign for Eastern Montana’s Senate District 20 this year, Republican Duane Ankney of Colstrip knows he’ll be facing an opponent — from within his own party.

January 13, 2014 12:15 am Related Loading…

Bullock draws mixed reviews in 1st year

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock gets mixed reviews, often but not always following party lines, for his first year as Montana’s chief executive.

December 29, 2013 12:00 am

Guest opinion: Tax reform ideas would be unfair to oil, gas industry

It started out as an ambitious plan. Sen. Max Baucus’ “clean slate” approach to federal tax reform had initial support from interests on both sides of the aisle. It was supposed to overhaul our bloated, incomprehensible tax code. It was supposed to clean up the hodgepodge of tax credits, low…

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Bullock eyes collaboration to build policies

BROADUS — Gov. Steve Bullock, like his predecessor, is a Democrat. On most days, that would seem like the only thing they share.

September 01, 2013 9:14 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Talk it out before Legislature adjourns

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.

June 14, 2013 12:10 amLoading…

Veto override results murky until Monday

HELENA — With Monday’s deadline fast-approaching, it remains unclear whether legislators will succeed in overriding any of Gov. Steve Bullock’s vetoes.

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Gazette opinion: Stop starving Montana care givers: Enact HB12

Most Montana Medicaid rates have not increased for several years. The Legislature budgeted a 2 percent rate increase in fiscal year 2009, but Gov. Brian Schweitzer rescinded it because state revenue projections were dropping sharply.

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Gazette opinion: Lawmakers can still help oil-impacted region

Gazette opinion: Lawmakers can still help oil-impacted region

With the Bakken drawing people to Eastern Montana, demand is far outstripping small towns’ capacity for sewer, water, streets, law enforcement and other public services.

May 20, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
 Steve Bullock signs House Bill 24

Steve Bullock signs House Bill 24

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock signs House Bill 24, which creates the Montana State Parks and Recreation Board. With Bullock are Rep. Duane Ankney, R-Colstrip, at left, and Sen. Jim Keane, D-Butte. 

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Bullock defends veto of oil-gas impact fund; E. Montana officials unhappy

Bullock defends veto of oil-gas impact fund; E. Montana officials unhappy

HELENA — Local officials in Eastern Montana’s oil boom cities and counties aren’t happy with Gov. Steve Bullock’s veto this week of a bill creating a $35 million fund for infrastructure projects in these areas. “It surprised all of us out here,” Sidney Mayor Bret Smelser said Thursday. “All…

May 09, 2013 5:20 pm Photos

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Bullock: Veto of assistance bill was fiscally necessary

Bullock: Veto of assistance bill was fiscally necessary

Gov. Steve Bullock on Wednesday defended his veto of a bill that would have provided up to $15 million in financial assistance to Eastern Montana counties feeling the effects of rapid energy development.

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Bullock signs major spending bills; budget director to run final numbers on Tuesday

Bullock signs major spending bills; budget director to run final numbers on Tuesday

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.

May 06, 2013 9:29 pm Related Loading…
Bullock vetoes several Republican tax measures, bill allowing guns on campus

Bullock vetoes several Republican tax measures, bill allowing guns on campus

HELENA — Unlike former Gov. Brian Schweitzer, Gov. Steve Bullock didn’t have a ceremony in front of the Capitol to symbolically veto bills with specially made branding irons.

May 06, 2013 8:17 pm Related Loading…

Guest opinion: Moderate majority reached good compromises

Here's to working together. Here's to the slow, arduous pursuit of compromise. Here's to the overlooked, underappreciated, unglamorous middle ground. These days, we hear so much from the fringes that it's easy to forget that progress is possible.

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 Steve Bullock signs House Bill 24

Steve Bullock signs House Bill 24

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock signs House Bill 24, which creates the Montana State Parks and Recreation Board. With Bullock are Rep. Duane Ankney, R-Colstrip, at left, and Sen. Jim Keane, D-Butte.

April 29, 2013 3:41 pmLoading…
Bullock signs law creating state parks board

Bullock signs law creating state parks board

With praise for Montana's 54 state parks, the money they generate for the economy and the historical and recreational heritage they embody, Gov. Steve Bullock signed House Bill 24 on Monday at Pictograph Cave State Park, creating the Montana State Parks and Recreation Board.

April 29, 2013 11:26 am Photos

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Gazette opinion: Students need governor’s signature on SB175

The biggest Montana school funding changes in decades are headed for Gov. Steve Bullock’s desk.

April 25, 2013 12:10 amLoading…

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