House Appropriations Committee
Editor’s note: This is the last in a three-part series on the Republican U.S. Senate candidates.
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.
HELENA -- A proposed pay raise for state employees is only one vote away from passing the Legislature and going to Gov. Steve Bullock for his consideration.
HELENA — The Montana Senate on Monday endorsed a bill to provide pay raises for state employees over the next two years.
HELENA -- A Senate committee on Friday night pushed out a pay plan bill for state employees, but failed to add any more money.
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 — The Bullock administration’s two bills attempting to fix Montana’s financially troubled government pension systems won approval in committee Friday.
HELENA — The House Appropriations Committee on Friday approved issuing $75.5 million in bonds — or now possibly by paying with cash — for new buildings and renovations, mostly at state colleges and universities.
HELENA — The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday rejected an attempt to approve the bill to raise state employees’ base pay by 5 percent in each of the next two years.
HELENA — The veneer of bipartisan cooperation on the state’s major budget bill peeled away Monday night as the House Appropriations Committee approved the $9 billion measure on a party-line vote, with Republicans in favor.
HELENA — State Revenue Director Mike Kadas said Wednesday that his agency is working with lawmakers on a bill that would require the state to reappraise property, for tax purposes, every two years instead of every six.
CHEYENNE — Wyoming House Speaker Tom Lubnau on Wednesday said employees of the state Department of Education confided in him about an "atmosphere of secrecy and intimidation" in the agency when it was his turn to debate a bill to dramatically reduce the duties of the state superintendent of …
HELENA — A state motor vehicle title and registration worker from Deer Lodge pleaded with legislators Wednesday to raise her pay.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Opponents of a bill to dramatically reduce the duties of the state superintendent of public instruction outnumbered supporters about three-to-one Tuesday evening.
CHEYENNE — Wyoming lawmakers wrapped up their first week of hearings on Gov. Matt Mead's proposed budget Friday, setting the stage for debate on his call for fundamental changes in state fiscal policies when the Legislature convenes next month.
HELENA — U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., on Thursday released his proposed annual spending in 2012 for federal health, labor and education programs overseen by the budget panel he chairs — including proposals to defund federal health reform and cut what he called “wasteful” programs.
The 2011 legislature is now four weeks gone, but the ugly mess it created in state employee pay lingers on. Despite Gov. Brian Schweitzer's outspoken commitment to Montana workers and their right to organize and bargain collectively — or because of it — the 2011 Legislature turned its back o…
HELENA — The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday rejected and then tabled the bill containing proposed pay raises for 11,600 state employees, on a mostly party-line vote with Republicans against the bill.
HELENA — As the House Appropriations Committee starts voting on the state budget Wednesday, we'll likely hear, again, the Republicans' mantra that they say requires cutting Gov. Brian Schweitzer's budget: Not enough tax revenue to pay for programs at current levels.
HELENA — When the House Appropriations Committee takes up the major budget bill this week, Chairman Walt McNutt, one of Montana’s most respected legislators, will be front and center.