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Collapsed Butte building saga takes new twist

Collapsed Butte building saga takes new twist

BUTTE — After months of trying to get the owner of the collapsed building on South Wyoming Street to have the rest of the old warehouse torn down, Butte-Silver Bow has an urgent message for Neil “Joe” Lynch:

October 08, 2014 12:16 pmLoading…
Democratic legislators in town to hear what works and what doesn't

Democratic legislators in town to hear what works and what doesn't

A group of state Democratic legislators spent Thursday in the East Billings Urban Renewal District talking about ways to fix blighted neighborhoods.

May 01, 2014 6:23 pm Photos

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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
Legislative panel votes not to seek subpoena for board correspondence

Legislative panel votes not to seek subpoena for board correspondence

HELENA — On a party-line vote Friday, the Legislative Council rejected an attempt to subpoena emails, text messages and other correspondence to and from a state retirement board during its meeting last month.

October 25, 2013 7:15 pmLoading…
Pension fix would work differently than lawmaker expected

Pension fix would work differently than lawmaker expected

HELENA -- Some legislators were surprised to learn that a new pension-fix law increases contributions by workers and government agencies for only six months, but keeps in place lower cost-of-living pension adjustments for retirees possibly into the next decade.

June 14, 2013 7:47 pmLoading…

Montana tax collections higher than expected

HELENA — Montana tax collections through the end of May have exceeded expectations, with revenue up 11 percent, but state spending is expected to jump more than 14 percent over the next budget cycle, fiscal analysts said Tuesday.

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Montana now has own medal of valor for fallen, missing veterans

Montana now has own medal of valor for fallen, missing veterans

BUTTE — Montana will honor its veterans who died or are missing in action with an official state medal of valor.

June 06, 2013 6:29 amLoading…
Montana medal of valor

Montana medal of valor

Gov. Steve Bullock signs a bill that creates the Montana Award of Valorous Service with state Rep. Champ Edmunds of Missoula, left, and state Sen. Jon Sesso of Butte-Silver Bow by his side in the rotunda of the Butte-Silver Bow County Courthouse.

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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.

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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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Retirees: Governor’s office betrayed us on pensions

HELENA — Saying it was betrayed by Gov. State Bullock’s office, a group representing retired Montana public employees is urging him to veto the bill that seeks to fix pensions for public employees.

May 01, 2013 7:10 pm Related Loading…
Reactions mixed to work of 2013 Legislature

Reactions mixed to work of 2013 Legislature

HELENA — After the gavels came down Wednesday on the 2013 Legislature, Gov. Steve Bullock and legislative leaders had widely different assessments about what was accomplished — and what wasn’t — in the session.

April 24, 2013 8:19 pm Photos

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Jon Sesso

Jon Sesso

Senate Minority Leader Jon Sesso, left, and Senate Majority Leader Art Wittich speak outside the Senate chambers Wednesday April 24, 2013, in Helena, Mont. The Legislature was wrapping up the 2013 legislative session after reconciling budget differences with Gov. Steve Bullock. 

April 24, 2013 1:58 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Budget crunch time calls for compromise

Ten workdays remain for the Montana Legislature to complete the state’s two-year budget as well as major education, health care, public pension, infrastructure and tax reform bills.

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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.

April 15, 2013 7:06 pm Photos

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GOP legislators' hopes of large tax cuts dimming

GOP legislators' hopes of large tax cuts dimming

HELENA — With two weeks left in the 2013 Legislature, the Republican majority’s hopes of passing tens — if not hundreds — of millions of dollars of tax cuts appear to be fading.

April 14, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Senate Democrats offer to pay for damaged desks

Senate Democrats offer to pay for damaged desks

HELENA — Democrats are offering to pay for the damage caused when they pounded mugs on their Senate desks during last week's attempt to drown out a floor session.

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Montana Senate leaders reach deal to get along

Montana Senate leaders reach deal to get along

HELENA — Senate leaders said Wednesday that they reached a deal aimed at ending the acrimony stemming from the Republican majority's decision to vote on bills despite Democrats' attempts to halt the proceedings.

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Demos, GOP continue to tangle over procedural blowup

Demos, GOP continue to tangle over procedural blowup

HELENA — Senate Democrats accused Republicans Saturday of trampling their legal rights during a tumultuous standoff at the Legislature the previous day, but GOP leaders insisted they had operated fully within the law and rules.

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Senate Democrats stage chaotic protest as they try to block votes on bills

Senate Democrats stage chaotic protest as they try to block votes on bills

HELENA – Montana’s state Senate careened into partisan chaos Friday, as minority Democrats pounded their desks and shouted protests, trying to shut down the chamber to block a pair of Republican proposals to change Montana voting laws.

April 05, 2013 3:03 pm Video Photos

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