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Republican Edmunds touts himself as 'true conservative' in U.S. Senate race'

Republican Edmunds touts himself as 'true conservative' in U.S. Senate race'

Editor’s note: This is the last in a three-part series on the Republican U.S. Senate candidates.

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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.

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Pay raise bill heads toward passage

Pay raise bill heads toward passage

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.

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Montana Senate approves pay bill after rejecting effort to add money

Montana Senate approves pay bill after rejecting effort to add money

HELENA — The Montana Senate on Monday endorsed a bill to provide pay raises for state employees over the next two years.

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State pay raise bill advances, but no more money added

HELENA -- A Senate committee on Friday night pushed out a pay plan bill for state employees, but failed to add any more money.

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Bill for state pay plan amended, passes House committee

Bill for state pay plan amended, passes House committee

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.

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2 Bullock pension bills win panel’s approval

2 Bullock pension bills win panel’s approval

HELENA — The Bullock administration’s two bills attempting to fix Montana’s financially troubled government pension systems won approval in committee Friday.

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House committee OKs bonding bill

House committee OKs bonding bill

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.

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House committee rejects pay plan bill

House committee rejects pay plan bill

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.

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Tempers fray as House panel kicks out major spending bill on party-line vote

Tempers fray as House panel kicks out major spending bill on party-line vote

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.

March 11, 2013 9:19 pm Photos

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Revenue, Legislature working on reappraisal measure, which won't come cheap

Revenue, Legislature working on reappraisal measure, which won't come cheap

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.

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House lawmakers testify on education official

House lawmakers testify on education official

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 …

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State employees plead for pay hike

HELENA — A state motor vehicle title and registration worker from Deer Lodge pleaded with legislators Wednesday to raise her pay.

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Wyoming House committee advances schools superintendent bill

Wyoming House committee advances schools superintendent bill

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.

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Wyoming lawmakers review Mead's budget proposal

Wyoming lawmakers review Mead's budget proposal

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.

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Rehberg unveils draft of health-education budget for his subcommittee

Rehberg unveils draft of health-education budget for his subcommittee

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.

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Guest opinion: 2011 Legislature threw state workers under the bus

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…

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Panel tables pay plan for state employees

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.

March 22, 2011 5:21 pmLoading…

Perspective: GOP overstates revenue losses, but even accurate numbers may require cuts

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.

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Low-key McNutt in budget spotlight this week

Low-key McNutt in budget spotlight this week

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.

March 01, 2011 12:05 am Related Loading…

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