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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.
HELENA — The House Taxation Committee on Friday endorsed two Republican bills opposed by the Bullock administration that would provide millions of dollars of one-time and permanent state income tax cuts.
HELENA — A Missoula lawmaker has introduced a bill to raise the state’s tax on gasoline by a nickel a gallon, dividing the proceeds between local streets and roads and public transportation.
HELENA — The Senate on Thursday endorsed a bill changing how the state commissioner of political practices is chosen and adding certain qualifications.
HELENA — Hearings on three bills by Republicans to cut taxes prompted discussions Tuesday on whether the money should be returned, how it should be distributed and if it would stimulate the economy.
HELENA — Financial and political questions surfaced last week after Gov. Steve Bullock’s nearly $400 million infrastructure bill had its first hearing.
HELENA — Marijuana once again will be an issue at the Legislature, with a number of bills anticipated, from possibly decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of pot to banning medical marijuana.
HELENA — A national transportation research group on Thursday released a list of what it calls Montana’s top 20 transportation challenges and necessary fixes, with a combined price tag of $7.4 billion.
HELENA — The Bullock administration and unions are asking legislative budget committees to restore recent 2 percent cuts in agencies’ personnel budgets amounting to up to $14 million a year.
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.
HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock’s proposed infrastructure plan, which would spend nearly $400 million on public works projects across the state, gets its first public airing Tuesday.
HELENA — Video gambling machines generated nearly $57 million in state tax revenue for the state in fiscal 2014, a slight drop from the previous year, the Gambling Control Division of the state Justice Department said.
HELENA — Secretary of State Linda McCulloch again is asking legislators to pass a bill requiring all Montana elections to be conducted by mail, except for school elections.
HELENA — Members of Montana’s part-time citizen Legislature received ethics training Wednesday, with much of the discussion about potential conflicts of interest.
HELENA — A Montana Democratic Party official on Tuesday criticized new Rep. Ryan Zinke for hiring as his chief of staff the former treasurer of a political action committee that spent $250,000 in independent expenditures in support of Zinke’s candidacy and against one of his opponents.
HELENA — Republican Steve Daines became Montana’s newest U.S. senator Tuesday, while fellow Republican Ryan Zinke was sworn in as the state’s lone congressman to succeed Daines.
HELENA — The 2015 Montana Legislature kicked off Monday, with top leaders from both parties pledging to work together for the public good during the 90-day session.
HELENA — Incoming Montana Senate President Debby Barrett wants to have a united Republican caucus in the Senate this year after the bitter split that divided the GOP two years ago.
HELENA — A state district judge late Friday permanently blocked enforcement of some key provisions of Montana’s strict 2011 medical marijuana regulation law in a drawn-out legal case that began shortly after its passage.
HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock on Tuesday announced the appointment of Adam Schafer as a senior adviser and director of public engagement.
HELENA — In an unusual occurrence, the top two leaders of the Montana Senate in 2013 are moving over to the state House in January, where each will play key roles as committee chairmen.
HELENA — The controversy over a dress code for the Montana House of Representatives is over.
HELENA — Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock has turned to Republican State Rep. Jeff Welborn of Dillon to sponsor his nearly $400-million-plus infrastructure bill in the 2015 Legislature.
HELENA — New House Speaker Austin Knudsen, R-Culbertson, said Monday he is in discussions with Democratic leaders on how to modify a controversial new House dress code that has drawn widespread criticism and national media attention.
SIDNEY — Out in the epicenter of the oil and gas boom, communities are growing so quickly they can’t keep up with their basic infrastructure needs such as water and sewage treatment facilities, housing and roads and bridges.
HELENA — Former Montana first lady Carol Judge was a kind, gracious and remarkable woman who used her public role and her background as a registered nurse to help lead the push to overhaul Montana’s neglected institutions in the mid-1970s.
HELENA — The state Board of Livestock next week may be asked to lay off some staff members at the state Livestock Department and offer unpaid furloughs to others.
HELENA — Two proposed rules adopted by a House committee last week would dramatically affect the rights of the minority party, Minority Leader Chuck Hunter, D-Helena, said.
HELENA — Some Democratic legislators are critical and social media posters are having a field day ridiculing a strict new dress code for the floor of the 2015 Montana Legislature.
HELENA — The state political practice commissioner has dismissed a Republican lawmaker’s complaint that Democratic Secretary of State Linda McCulloch improperly used public resources to solicit opposition to a ballot issue.
HELENA — Overall highway crashes have dropped annually on some stretches of Interstate 15 in Utah since the state raised the speed limit to 80 mph in late 2008, studies have shown.
HELENA — Incoming Republican and Democratic legislative leaders agreed Thursday that the state needs to make a major investment in infrastructure in 2015 but disagreed over how best to pay for it.
HELENA — Montana has joined 16 other states in challenging President Barack Obama’s recent executive order to suspend immigration laws for 4.1 million people living illegally in the United States.
HELENA — Four legislators are having separate bills drafted for the 2015 session to raise the daytime speed limit on Montana interstate highways from 75 mph to 80 mph, and in one case, 85 mph.
HELENA — A disproportionate share of Montana women and American Indians and other people of color are earning less than a living wage, according to a report released this week.
HELENA — State Sen.-elect Nels Swandal, R-Wilsall, recently shared on his Facebook page a post from someone else showing a drawing of slaves working in a field and with a caption comparing the Democratic Party to slaveholders.
HELENA — A Meagher County couple has reached a confidential settlement with Bank of America in its lawsuit alleging the bank engaged in fraudulent dealings.
HELENA — A Helena judge on Friday set a show-cause hearing for Dec. 9 on whether the Montana House Republican caucus should be found in contempt for holding an unannounced Nov. 13 meeting in apparent violation of state law.
HELENA — After deadlocking along partisan lines on setting a general-fund revenue estimate, the majority of a bipartisan legislative committee agreed Thursday to split the difference on two key tax sources.
HELENA — The value of residential property in Montana dropped by 2.85 percent from 2008 to 2014, the state Revenue Department’s recent reappraisal found.
HELENA — An interim legislative committee on Thursday will come up with the first estimate of projected state tax revenues for the next two fiscal years.
HELENA — The Flathead County Republican Central Committee has unanimously censured veteran Sen. Bruce Tutvedt, R-Kalispell, for misconduct and undermining the credibility of local Republicans.
HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock proposed Monday that the state invest more than $300 million in infrastructure across Montana in a single bill, with about two-thirds of the money coming from money raised by issuing debt and one-third from cash.
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.
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.
HELENA — House Republicans gathered in secret in the basement of a Helena restaurant Thursday night for a party caucus that was not publicly noticed ahead of time, as required by law.
HELENA — The national Human Rights Campaign gave Missoula a perfect score of 100 points for inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in its municipal laws and policy.
HELENA — Senate Republicans broke barriers Thursday by electing Sen. Debby Barrett, R-Dillon, as the first woman chosen as president of the Montana Senate in state history.
HELENA — U.S. Rep.-elect Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., is headed to Washington Tuesday for an orientation for new members of Congress, to get a look at his personal congressional budget and to lobby to get on the committees he’s requested.
HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock’s administration and three public employee unions have agreed to a pay deal that would give most state government workers 50 cents an hour raises in both October 2015 and October 2016.
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