A national conservative organization called the Environmental Policy Alliance has launched an effort in Montana to expose certain left-wing environmental groups that represent themselves as “sportsmen advocate groups.”
PPL Montana announced Tuesday that it is permanently closing the J.E. Corette Power Plant in Billings, citing low energy costs and the high costs of upgrading the facility meet more stringent EPA standards on coal-fired power plants.
Montana State Rep. Tom Burnett (R-Bozeman) finds himself the object of scorn from left-wing bloggers and the media this week over a leaked email to fellow members of the Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services.
Cuts to the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program combined with federal timber policies that restrict harvesting are leaving some forested Western Montana counties in dire fiscal straights, with few options other than to cut services and raise taxes.
Representatives of two Montana trade associations showed up at last week’s hearing of the state House Transportation Committee to speak against a plan to raise Montana’s gas tax by 5 cents a gallon. However, their reason for opposing the bill is that is would not raise the gas tax enough.
Montana Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock pulled out all the stops last night in his semiannual State of the State Address, launching a fiery tirade against the legislature’s Republican caucus for so far refusing to expand Medicaid as part of Obamacare.
A proposal to raise Montana’s gasoline tax by 5 cents a gallon would use 40 percent of the amount raised by the tax increase to fund mass transit projects.
In a conference with Montana state legislators yesterday, Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich sought support for a state resolution calling for a federal balanced budget amendment and discussed the dangers of out-of-control federal spending. He then called on the state to expand Medicaid as part of Obamacare.
Throwing austerity to the wind, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) used the country’s improving economic numbers to call for more spending from state and federal lawmakers on a host of issues from infrastructure, to education, to healthcare in his semi-annual speech to the Montana state legislature.
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock’s “Build Montana” proposal (HB 5) is being sold as a fix to Montana’s issues with aging infrastructure and a boon to the state’s eastern communities grappling with the oil boom. However, one of the big winners in HB 5 appears to be the Montana University System (MUS).