Montana State Sen. Ed Buttrey (R-Great Falls) and the office of Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock have been working together over the last month on SB 405, Buttrey’s Medicaid expansion “alternative” that would still use federal dollars to expand Medicaid in Montana as part of Obamacare.
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A rift has emerged over digital privacy legislation championed by Republican State Rep. Daniel Zolnikov of Billings, as the office of Republican Attorney General Tim Fox has worked to block the legislation.
In recent and ongoing debates regarding the Obamacare mandated Medicaid expansion and public lands policy, Montana’s legacy news media has exhibited a clear bias toward left-wing, liberal talking points.
Montana House Democrats spent Wednesday’s floor session offering dozens of amendments to HB 2 — the state’s primary appropriations bill — seeking to add nearly $1 billion in state spending to the budget over 2015-2017 biennium.
Two anti-gun groups backed by former New York City Mayor and media billionaire Michael Bloomberg held a rally at the state capitol in Helena on Friday to protest several bills that would expand the rights of Montanans who carry firearms.
Proponents of Montana Medicaid expansion under Obamacare have long used the argument that the state should expand Medicaid, because, if the state refused to take the federal dollars, then the money would simply go to pay for expansion in other states.
While the office of Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock has been continually stating that an Obamacare Medicaid expansion will save money, a longer term analysis from the non-partisan Montana Legislative Fiscal Division (LFD) is not painting such a rosy fiscal picture.
Medicaid expansion is voted down in committee and Media Trackers compiles the top social media highlights as the hearing unfolded.
As Montana grapples with issues surrounding federal land management, a new report from the Property and Environment Research Council (PERC), has found that state trust lands are far more effectively managed than multiple-use lands owned by the federal government.
The Big Sky Central Labor Council posted a picture on its Facebook page on Friday comparing Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker to Adolf Hitler for his well-known efforts in Wisconsin to weaken the power of public-sector unions.