Montana Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock released his executive budget proposal for the 2016-2017 biennium last week, estimating that oil prices will hold steady at between $90-100 a barrel from 201-15-2017. However, recent market forecasts have oil trading at far below those prices in 2015.
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As several Montana Republican Party County Central Committees go forward with a federal lawsuit challenging the state’s open primary law, controversy is brewing once again as the state party has announced a meeting in January to discuss whether or not to join the lawsuit.
A study on state tax burdens published this month by Columbia University and the National Center for Children (NCCP) in Poverty has found that Montana has the third highest tax burden of any state for a family of four living at the poverty level, tied with Illinois.
The fallout of election 2014 had not settled before Montana Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock announced an agreement between his administration and the three major state employee unions on a pay increase that covers the 2015-2016 biennium.
This weekend’s annual meeting in Billings of the Northern Plains Resource Council (NPRC) — a Montana based left-wing environmental group — will host New York attorney and anti-fracking activist Helen Slottje as its keynote speaker.
Two Native American political non-profits that were highly active in the run-up to the 2014 election — one of which is supposed to be non-partisan — appear to be closely related.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of Montana’s election results last week was the ease with which Republican U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke dispatched his opponent, Democrat John Lewis. Despite strong establishment backing and a centrist campaign message, Lewis still lost by more than 15 points.
In comments to the press and in his victory speech, Montana’s new Congressman-elect Ryan Zinke took a serious and conciliatory tone on Tuesday Night in the wake of his victory over Democratic opponent John Lewis.
Republican Public Service Commission candidate and former Secretary of State Brad Johnson appears on his way to completing his surprising comeback to public office, as he has now built a double digit lead on his Democratic opponent Galen Hollenbaugh.
Perhaps facing an overload of traffic, the Montana Secretary of State’s elections results website has gone down on election night, leaving Montanans unable to follow election results as they come in.