Governor Steve Bullock and his surrogates, most recently Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney, have been pushing the narrative that Republicans are the ones to blame for Montana’s short-term budget problems. The Montana Legislature has only one constitutional requirement and that is to establish a balanced budget. It first starts with estimating revenue for the next budget … Continue reading Who is Managing Montana’s Budget?
In one hand you have a problem that involves the health and welfare of a large number of people. And in the other you have a solution that will go a long way towards helping these people. What would the logical solution be? This is the conundrum facing Gov. Steve Bullock. In one hand he … Continue reading Politics above common sense for Shelby prison
By Senate Majority Leader Fred Thomas and House Majority Leader Ron Ehli There is a real tragedy of Gov. Steve Bullock’s deep cuts to the Department of Health and Human Services budget: He didn’t have to make them. On multiple occasions Bullock could have sided with protecting Montana’s most vulnerable citizens who depend on help … Continue reading OPED: The Tragedy of Bullock’s Budget Cuts
HELENA, Mont. – A select committee has been appointed by Montana Senate President Scott Sales and Speaker of the House Austin Knudsen to examine more than $1.2 Million in settlement funds paid to state employees since the beginning of last year. Settlement numbers were released late last year in a memo from the Legislative Audit … Continue reading Select Committee Appointed to Review Settlements Paid to State Employees
State Representative Tom Burnett has declared his intention to seek re-election in House District 67, residents of Belgrade and rural areas to the northeast of Belgrade. Burnett, a Republican, serves on the Appropriations Committee and the Audit Committee. He says, “I enjoy serving on Appropriations because I am determined to keep government spending only to … Continue reading Tom Burnett Announces Reelection Bid for HD 67
HELENA, Mont. – The Majority Leadership of the Senate and House today released the following statement on the possibility of a special session to address infrastructure bonding bills. “We want to first remind Montanans that this legislature has already passed roughly $1 billion for priority infrastructure projects including water, sewer, roads and bridges across … Continue reading Republican Leadership Statement on Special Session