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Gazette opinion: Billings ready to host Big Sky tournament

Gazette opinion: Billings ready to host Big Sky tournament

When the Big Sky Conference announced it was seeking bids to host men’s and women’s college basketball tournaments for three years, Billings was ready to play.

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Bullock urges closing of wage gap

HELENA — Citing his mother’s experience, Gov. Steve Bullock put in a strong pitch to legislators Wednesday for his administration’s bills aimed at helping women close the wage gap with men in Montana.

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Bullock’s State of State: A Montana where we help others, while we succeed

Bullock’s State of State: A Montana where we help others, while we succeed

Gov. Steve Bullock, in his second State of the State address, said Montana is prospering overall – but called on the 2015 Legislature Wednesday night to use the tools of government to help fellow citizens who are struggling.

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Historical Society sees support at legislative hearing

Historical Society sees support at legislative hearing

HELENA — Supporters of a bill funding the Montana Heritage Center, a new home for the Montana Historical Society, told legislators Tuesday that new and renovated facilities would provide the protection and space needed for thousands of pieces of history.

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Medicaid, schools expected themes in State of State address

Medicaid, schools expected themes in State of State address

HELENA — Medicaid expansion and preschool funding are among the expected themes Gov. Steve Bullock will highlight in his State of the State address to lawmakers Wednesday evening.

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Bullock fundraising for nonprofit formed to promote his early-education plan

Bullock fundraising for nonprofit formed to promote his early-education plan

HELENA — As Gov. Steve Bullock pushes his proposal to publicly fund preschool, he’s getting help from a new nonprofit group that has hired a public-relations firm — and he’s helping the group raise money.

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Lawmakers consider bill aiming to nullify federal gun bans

Lawmakers consider bill aiming to nullify federal gun bans

HELENA — A bill vetoed by Gov. Steve Bullock in 2013 that sought to prevent local police from enforcing federal bans on semi-automatic weapons is getting another shot in the state Legislature.

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Montana's unemployment rate falls to 4.2%

HELENA — Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.2 percent in December, marking a full 1 percentage point decrease in 2014.

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Gazette opinion: Oil spill underscores infrastructure, public safety needs

Gazette opinion: Oil spill underscores infrastructure, public safety needs

Neither technology nor electronic communications alerted community members to the two most recent major oil spills into the Yellowstone River. No, it was the smell:

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Taxing and spending: How much money is coming in and how will it be spent

Taxing and spending: How much money is coming in and how will it be spent

HELENA — Expect a debate at the Capitol over how much tax revenue the state can expect to collect this year and the next two fiscal years.

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With Early Edge, Lockwood preschool could build on successes, educators tell Bullock

With Early Edge, Lockwood preschool could build on successes, educators tell Bullock

Lockwood schools took a leap of faith when the district started its own preschool program, local officials told Gov. Steve Bullock.

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Guest opinion: Bonding is how Montana paid for today's infrastructure

As many as 2,000 temporary high-paying, blue-collar jobs will be created in Montana if the U S government approves the much publicized Keystone XL pipeline. More than twice as many similar private sector construction jobs, however, will result from state government approval of the “Build Mon…

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Huge gap exists between governor, GOP's Medicaid expansion proposals

Huge gap exists between governor, GOP's Medicaid expansion proposals

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock Monday rolled out his administration’s bill to accept federal money to provide health coverage for 70,000 low-income Montanans, saying it’s time to give the proposal “an up-or-down vote.”

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Johnson Column: Bullock public works plan draws GOP questions

Johnson Column: Bullock public works plan draws GOP questions

HELENA — Financial and political questions surfaced last week after Gov. Steve Bullock’s nearly $400 million infrastructure bill had its first hearing.

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Chinese investors meet with Montana business owners

HELENA — A Chinese trade delegation has traveled to Helena to hear investment pitches and discuss exporting opportunities with representatives from 27 Montana companies.

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Gazette opinion: Montana leaves kids behind by skipping preschool

When Gov. Steve Bullock proposed offering state-funded pre-kindergarten to the parents of every Montana 4-year-old, many Republican legislators said “no way.”

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Guest opinion: Revised water compact deserves Legislature's support

As the Legislature prepares to take up a revised water compact, I’m encouraged by all of the new developments that will give Montanans stable and reliable access to water, and erase the uncertainty that hangs over property owners across the state. And do all of this in a way that’s firmly gr…

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Key lawmaker has skeptical view of Bullock admin’s $20M mental health plan

Key lawmaker has skeptical view of Bullock admin’s $20M mental health plan

HELENA — A key lawmaker Tuesday said the Legislature may take a different path than the Bullock administration to address the state’s mental health crisis, saying more preventive, local care is needed.

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Pensions show improvements after ’13 changes, better returns

Pensions show improvements after ’13 changes, better returns

HELENA — Unlike two years ago, Montana legislators won’t be facing complex decisions of how to shore up the finances of battered pension funds for state and local government employees and teachers.

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Gazette opinion: Want a workforce? Invest now in career education

Montana's two-year colleges are collaborating on a major project to boost student enrollment and graduation in degrees and certificates needed for high-demand fields.

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