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