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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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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.

January 24, 2015 6:45 pm Photos

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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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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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Mike Dennison: Legislative week in review: GOP split alive, well and influential

Mike Dennison: Legislative week in review: GOP split alive, well and influential

HELENA — One week into Montana’s 2015 Legislature, one thing is clear: The conservative-moderate split in the Republican Party that determined key outcomes of the 2013 Legislature is alive and well and set to do it again.

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Montana colleges plan report card to Legislature

Montana colleges plan report card to Legislature

BOZEMAN — Montana's higher education system is writing a report card, not on its students, but on itself.

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Resource extraction, charter schools, tax relief top GOP agenda for 2015 Legislature

Resource extraction, charter schools, tax relief top GOP agenda for 2015 Legislature

MISSOULA — Montana Republicans will hit the ground running next week when the 2015 Legislature convenes in Helena, and while they agree with the state’s Democratic governor on several points, the similarities quickly diverge.

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There's a lot to like in Bullock's record, but GOP leaders say he doesn’t deserve all the credit

There's a lot to like in Bullock's record, but GOP leaders say he doesn’t deserve all the credit

HELENA — Two years into his first term as governor, Democrat Steve Bullock has no shortage of positives he can point to when talking about his record.

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Bullock’s agenda facing tough sledding at GOP-controlled Legislature

Bullock’s agenda facing tough sledding at GOP-controlled Legislature

HELENA — As Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock eyes his second Legislature, which begins next week, he knows he’ll need some Republican help to move any part of his agenda through the GOP-controlled body.

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Bullock ready to roll dice on giant $300 million infrastructure bill

Bullock ready to roll dice on giant $300 million infrastructure bill

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock is sending a massive $300 million Christmas tree of building projects to the 2015 Legislature, hoping lawmakers won’t chop it into pieces and throw some into the fireplace.

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Montana governor Bullock to lead Democrats' campaign arm

Montana governor Bullock to lead Democrats' campaign arm

WASHINGTON — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock will lead the Democratic governors' campaign arm as it looks to rebound from sweeping losses in the 2014 elections.

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Coal industry, utilities, governor express concern over EPA’s carbon rules

HELENA — Montana energy interests, environmentalists and others this week weighed in on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rules to limit carbon emissions at existing power plants, raising scores of questions about the rules’ workability.

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'Focus on your teacher and not your empty tummy': Governor a hit a Lockwood Schools

'Focus on your teacher and not your empty tummy': Governor a hit a Lockwood Schools

For breakfast, Gov. Steve Bullock told Lockwood Intermediate School students Monday he usually enjoys a bowl of Cheerios and yogurt.

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Governor's budget freezes tuition, not expenditures, Montana universities say

Governor's budget freezes tuition, not expenditures, Montana universities say

MISSOULA — During its meeting last week in Missoula, the state Board of Regents praised the biennial budget presented by Gov. Steve Bullock, but cautioned that while it freezes tuition for another two years, it doesn’t freeze the rising costs of higher education.

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Bullock proposes budget with new form of Medicaid expansion

Bullock proposes budget with new form of Medicaid expansion

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock on Monday released his proposed budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year that includes a new way to expand Medicaid to cover low-income Montanans, a voluntary prekindergarten program and a call to spend $300 million on public works projects statewide.

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Bullock to unveil budget plan Monday

Bullock to unveil budget plan Monday

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock’s proposed budget for the next two years will include a plan to expand Medicaid and start a pre-kindergarten education program, while he again insists that lawmakers leave a substantial “rainy day fund” or budget surplus.

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Bullock praises farm economy, recognizes challenges

Bullock praises farm economy, recognizes challenges

Montana’s agriculture economy faces challenges, but is still one of the state’s best performers, Gov. Steve Bullock said Monday.

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Reporter's notebook: After Democrats' drubbing on Tuesday, Bullock agenda faces uphill battle

Reporter's notebook: After Democrats' drubbing on Tuesday, Bullock agenda faces uphill battle

HELENA — Montana Democrats are trying to put a good spin on Tuesday’s election losses, noting that while they got creamed in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate races, they actually picked up a couple seats in the Legislature, saying that’s a better showing than Democrats in most other states.

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Contested races likely for House, Senate leadership posts

HELENA — Legislators have begun scrambling for party leadership positions within their respective caucuses, including presiding officers of the Senate and House.

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Republicans hold majorities in state Senate, House; lose 2 seats in the House

Republicans hold majorities in state Senate, House; lose 2 seats in the House

HELENA — State Republicans easily held their majorities in the Montana Legislature on Tuesday, maintaining a 29-21 margin in the state Senate for the 2015 session and carving out a 59-41 majority in the House — a loss of two seats from the current House makeup.

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Tester, Bullock lend star power in final push

Tester, Bullock lend star power in final push

HELENA — U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis hasn’t had much time to introduce herself to Montana voters since becoming the Democratic nominee in August, but she’s getting a boost from the party’s biggest names in the final days before Tuesday’s election.

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War College strips Sen. John Walsh of graduate status

War College strips Sen. John Walsh of graduate status

HELENA — The U.S. Army War College on Friday revoked Sen. John Walsh’s master’s degree after its investigation concluded that he had plagiarized his final paper in 2007.

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