Big Timber

Corporate contribution debate fuels responses from both sides

By   /  May 10, 2012  /  Montana, News  /  No Comments

By PHIL DRAKE | Montana Watchdog
HELENA – A key player in a lawsuit against the state for not wanting corporations to make contributions in elections called the current move to ban such funding through a Constitutional amendment as “silliness.”
And said it was all about opponents retaining power.
Doug Lair, a Big Timber businessman and state coordinator [...]

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State Digital Academy’s success prompts projected funding shortfall

By   /  March 12, 2012  /  Montana, News  /  No Comments

By PHIL DRAKE
HELENA – The Montana Digital Academy is  apparently a victim of its own success as a state committee recently learned it would need an additional $420,000 next fiscal year as it has already spent nearly 85 percent of its $1.168 million program allocation for FY 2012 and has enrollment nearly three times of what was [...]

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Lawmakers told state pension system must change in order to survive

By   /  December 6, 2011  /  Montana, News  /  No Comments

By PHIL DRAKE
HELENA – The head of the state’s Board of Investments (BOI) told a Legislative panel that lawmakers will have to make changes to employee pension systems in the 2013 session or face the stark reality of the system running out of assets by 2055 — or even sooner.

Carroll South, BOI executive director, told [...]

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Tea Parties form coalition, declare independence from political parties

By   /  September 14, 2011  /  Uncategorized  /  2 Comments

Members of local Tea Parties from across Montana said they have established a decision-making and membership framework for a recently formed umbrella organization, the Montana Tea Party Coalition.
The group, which met Aug. 20 in Bozeman, also adopted the “Tea Party Declaration of Independence,” a document that members said affirms the groups’ independence from all political [...]

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Legislators begin planning 5% cuts to state budget despite protests

By   /  January 12, 2011  /  Montana, News  /  No Comments

By PHIL DRAKE
HELENA – A motion passed Tuesday to begin making a plan for 5 percent cuts to health and human services despite objections from some committee members and the public who questioned whether such extreme action was needed at this point.
“It’s too early to make drastic cuts, it’s premature,” said Rep. Trudi Schmidt, D-Great [...]

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