BUTTE — Congressional candidate John Lewis had some frank words for fellow Montana Democrats at this weekend’s party convention, saying they have a steep hill to climb if they hope to succeed in November elections.
HELENA — The state’s largest labor union, MEA-MFT, usually endorses Democrats — but in Tuesday’s primary election, it’s advising its 18,000 members to consider voting for a slew of centrist Republicans in hotly contested GOP legislative primaries.
HELENA — The MEA-MFT union has asked the Montana Supreme Court to throw out a ballot measure by Charter Communications to reclassify its property for tax purposes and block a tax hike exceeding 300 percent.
HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock gets mixed reviews, often but not always following party lines, for his first year as Montana’s chief executive.
HELENA — Major changes passed by the 2013 Legislature and higher investment returns have put the Montana Teachers’ Retirement System pension plan on a much sounder financial footing, actuaries told the board Friday.
HELENA — No one was jumping for joy over the deal struck last week to give most Montana state government workers pay raises starting next month.
HELENA — Corporations, trade associations, unions and advocacy groups spent nearly $6.1 million trying to influence the 2013 Legislature, according to financial reports filed with the state political practices commissioner’s office.
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 — Public employee unions still intend to negotiate with the Bullock administration for 5 percent raises in base pay for state workers in each of the next two years, despite the Legislature providing only 75 percent of the needed money.
HELENA — The session’s major school-funding bill, which easily passed the Senate more than a month ago, finally has a hearing scheduled in the House — but it will be amended, its sponsor said this week.
HELENA — A split House Appropriations Committee approved a state pay plan Saturday, but stripped out the 5 percent raises in base pay for state workers in each of the next two years that Gov. Steve Bullock and unions had sought.
HELENA — Eric Feaver, the leader of MEA-MFT, the union representing teachers and other public workers, says it’s no coincidence the entire public-education community is battling hard against school-choice bills this Legislature.
HELENA — More than 100 public employees spent their holiday Monday tracking down legislators to seek support for the proposed pay increase agreement reached by unions and former Gov. Brian Schweitzer last summer.
HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock has appointed former Rep. Mark Noennig, of Billings, as the new chairman of the Montana Board of Investments.
Joe Balyeat (Feb. 2 guest opinion) is no friend of public programs and services, especially public education and the folks who serve therein. He would privatize our public schools at taxpayer expense. He would lay waste to the democratic public school governing structures outlined in our sta…
HELENA—State employees, some struggling to get by, offered a compelling case for a pay raise when they testified at a legislative hearing last week.
HELENA — A broad coalition of school groups pitched its sweeping public-school funding plan Tuesday, saying it offers a rare chance to boost money for schools, cut property taxes and link both to natural-resource development in Montana.
We've all heard the slogans about our home state.
In recent public policy discussions regarding the use of public funds to pay for private education in Montana, there are critical facts that are lost in the details.
HELENA — A series of fund transfers among political action committees to help Montana Democrats in the 2010 elections is not money-laundering, the state’s top political cop ruled Friday.