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MT: Lawmakers want more say in state health centers

By   /  August 28, 2012  /  Health Care, Montana, News, State Government  /  3 Comments

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By Phil Drake | Montana Watchdog
HELENA — Within seven months of unveiling plans, Gov. Brian Schweitzer said Montana’s first employee health center here will open Friday for state workers, legislators and dependents.
Schweitzer, now in the final months of his second and last term as governor, set up the clinic without legislative approval, saying it will cut [...]

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Judge to rule on request to release state employee pay information

By   /  December 14, 2011  /  Montana, News  /  No Comments

By PHIL DRAKE
HELENA – An attorney for the state of Montana on Wednesday told a judge there were no statutes requiring it to provide specific employee salary information requested by a Bozeman-based think tank, leaving the attorney for the plaintiff to say he was “baffled” by that argument.

The Montana Policy Institute (MPI) asked state 1st [...]

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State to release some pension info for public to view on MPI website

By   /  November 23, 2011  /  Montana, News  /  No Comments

HELENA – Starting early 2012, some information regarding public employee pensions will be posted online after officials representing state pension boards OK’d a request from Montana Watchdog for the data.
The news comes nearly 15 months after Watchdog made the initial request to the Montana Public Employee Retirement Administration and the Teachers’ Retirement System and went [...]

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Montana Policy Institute sues over release of state employee pay info

By   /  August 17, 2011  /  Montana, News  /  1 Comment

By PHIL DRAKE
BOZEMAN -The Montana Policy Institute, a Bozeman-based nonprofit policy research center and publisher of Montana Watchdog, is suing the state over the release of information regarding state employee pay.
     The lawsuit, filed Friday in the Montana 1st Judicial District Court in Lewis and Clark County, names the state, the Montana Department of Administration, and [...]

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