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.
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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).
Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch, a Democrat, is once again reviving efforts to implement universal vote-by-mail standards in Montana. “I feel if every voter could get a ballot in their hands, that would increase those who voted,” McCulloch told Lee Newspapers last week. “It was true in 2014.” Originally introduced in the 2011 session […]
Kicking off the 64th Montana Legislature and 114th U.S. Congress, Montana’s state and federal lawmakers began work last week on agendas that could help prevent a slowdown in the state’s natural resource sector which has accompanied the recent drop in oil prices.
Billings Gazette editor Darrell Ehrlick addressed last week’s massacre of cartoonists by Islamic extremists by declaring “I’m not Charlie” — a reference to the social media hashtag “Je suis Charlie” (“I am Charlie” in French) that has trended worldwide in the wake of the killings.
A new report out from the Washington, D.C. based Tax Foundation has found that Montana is the 6th most reliant state on federal dollars, depending on federal money for 39 percent of state spending in 2012.
The state’s 64th legislative session kicked off this week with education policy battles igniting on several fronts ranging from school choice, to tax credits for tuition at private faith-based institutions, to early childhood education.
Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau is once asking the Montana State Legislature to raise the state’s legal dropout age from 16 to 18 or completion of a high school degree, claiming that raising the dropout age will lower the dropout rate.
An old practice under state law that allows voters to register by putting down a geographic reference as their address rather than a specific street address continues to be an issue faced by elections’ officials in some rural Montana counties.