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Guest opinion: Montana voters beware GOP's public land resolution

Guest opinion: Montana voters beware GOP's public land resolution

The political climate in this country has become so polarized that average people are being forced to choose sides within their own political parties. We have politicians who are no longer looking for solutions but instead looking for a fight.

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GOP vote on land turnover wasn’t unanimous

HELENA — Delegates to the state Republican Party platform convention in Billings on Saturday did not unanimously approve a resolution that called for the turning over federally managed lands to the states, as the State Bureau had reported.

June 24, 2014 7:53 pmLoading…

Federal judge permanently blocks Montana law attempting to police campaign attacks

HELENA — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked Montana officials from enforcing a state law to regulate campaign attacks — but officials have said they had no intention of enforcing it.

February 11, 2014 5:45 pmLoading…
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.

April 19, 2013 7:36 pm Related Loading…
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.

March 23, 2013 9:22 pm Related Loading…
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.

March 13, 2013 7:14 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Justice shortchanged with underpaid defenders

America’s justice system guarantees effective representation to all defendants accused of crimes carrying possible incarceration penalties. The system only works when both prosecution and defense attorneys are competent and can devote sufficient times to their crucial roles.

February 11, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

High turnover plagues public defender's office

HELENA — Public attorneys tasked with defending high-profile criminal cases are among the lowest paid in state government, prompting many of them to take jobs as staff attorneys in state agencies and elsewhere, the Office of the Public Defender told lawmakers Wednesday.

February 06, 2013 1:32 pmLoading…

Horse Sense: Lawmakers may want to alter pay deal

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.

January 26, 2013 11:30 pmLoading…
Budget panel approves most of Corrections' requested spending increases

Budget panel approves most of Corrections' requested spending increases

HELENA — A legislative panel Friday endorsed most of the state Corrections Department’s requested $30 million budget increase for the next two years, but did not approve any pay raise or increased staffing for correctional officers at the Montana State Prison.

January 25, 2013 7:03 pm Related Loading…
Warden: 37 jobs open at prison; workers need raises

Warden: 37 jobs open at prison; workers need raises

HELENA — The Montana State Prison has 37 vacancies for correctional officers, and a pay raise is badly needed to help recruit and retain for what’s already a difficult job, the prison’s warden told a legislative budget panel Wednesday.

January 23, 2013 7:00 pm Photos

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Bill would tighten some election laws

Bill would tighten some election laws

HELENA — No one showed up Friday to oppose a bill to tighten and make more specific some Montana campaign finance laws after a federal judge last year struck down some of them as unconstitutionally vague.

January 11, 2013 3:44 pmLoading…
Rep. Steve Gibson, R-East Helena

Rep. Steve Gibson, R-East Helena

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January 01, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Half of executive branch employees got broadband pay hikes

HELENA — About half of the executive branch employees in state government have received pay increases this fiscal year under the state’s “broadband” pay plan, even though the 2011 Legislature froze their base pay.

June 14, 2012 9:01 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Schweitzer, lawmakers support court treatment, access

Justice will be more effectively administered and more accessible to Montanans because two innovative programs survived the state budget battle that just ended in Helena.

May 17, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Commissioner issues decision in East Helena campaign complaint

HELENA - The political practices commissioner says that a portion of a complaint leveled by a former legislative candidate against conservative groups has merit.

April 22, 2011 11:39 amLoading…

House rejects pay increase for state employees

HELENA — The House on Wednesday rejected a proposed pay raise for state employees, a move that Gov. Brian Schweitzer criticized as breaking a deal he struck with workers.

April 20, 2011 10:14 amLoading…
Montana House refuses to blast gay sex ban bill out of committee

Montana House refuses to blast gay sex ban bill out of committee

HELENA — The House blocked an attempt Tuesday to blast a stalled bill out of committee so representatives could debate whether to repeal the state law declaring gay sex to be illegal.

March 29, 2011 4:56 pmLoading…

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…

Gazette opinion: Don't switch Board of Crime Control to DOC

If not for the Montana Board of Crime Control, Billings police investigations of domestic violence reports would often be delayed by limited work hours and the constant stream of other police calls.

March 17, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

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