Government & Politics

Private contractors who take care of Montanans with developmental disabilities are losing state contracts due to Montana’s budget woes. This means many case managers across the state are losing their jobs, and small town service providers are grappling with how to provide care on a reduced budget.

Jackie Yamanaka

Kathleen Williams, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House, says the government is close to broken.  But instead of continuing to grouse about the hyper-partisanship in Congress, she says she wants to try to fix the problem. 

That wouldn't be the first time. 

ACLU

Human rights groups in Montana say a Gallatin County detention center is illegally holding a man at the behest of the federal government. Arturo Valerio-Gonzales was arrested earlier this year in Four Corners on a misdemeanor sexual assault charge.

MSU Billings University Relations

Former U.S. Senator and U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus, D-MT, and former U.S. Senator Al Simpson, R-WY talked about the role of civility in politics during a public forum December 4, 2017 at Cisel Recital Hall on the MSU Billings campus.

Jackie Yamanaka

UPDATE (2:35 p.m.)

Republican Senator Steve Daines now says he'll support the GOP's tax overhaul.

In a statement released Monday, Daines said he wouldn't vote for the bill in its current form, and that he wanted to ensure small business owners in Montana aren’t being put at a disadvantage by the current tax bill.

Republican congressman Greg Gianforte has offered an "off-the-record" meeting with Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs.
Louise Johns / MTPR

Lawyers for the reporter assaulted by U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte on the eve of a special election last May sent the Republican a cease and desist letter Monday.

Yesterday Republicans pushed a massive tax overhaul through the U.S. House, now a similar plan will be debated in the Senate. Like the House measure, it would slash the corporate tax rate and reduce personal income tax rates for many.

But Montana’s Democratic Senator, Jon Tester, isn’t a fan.

Jackie Yamanaka

The fact Montana lawmakers were going into this week's special legislative session with no pre-negotiated "deal" in place gave many at the Capitol heartburn. The session wrapped up shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday morning. Governor Steve Bullock called legislators back to the Capitol to help address a projected $227 million dollar budget shortfall and backfill the state's depleted wildfire fighting fund. 

Jackie Yamanaka

The gavel banged down shortly after 1 o’clock this morning to bring the special legislative session to a close after lawmakers passed a series of bills to address Montana's projected $227 million budget shortfall.

Jackie Yamanaka

The Republican controlled Montana Legislature voted to make permanent nearly $77 million in budget cuts the governor intended to be temporary. Both the House and Senate gave final approval to House Bill 2 and sent the measure on to the governor.

In the meantime, work continues on companion bills. This includes Senate Bill 9 which includes the GOP's intent to use the $30 million offered from CoreCivic, the company that runs the private prison in Shelby, to help offset the projected $227 million dollar budget deficit.

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