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  • Governor did the right, tough thing vetoing HB 12

    Franke Wilmer|Updated Jun 3, 2013

    In four terms in the Montana legislature few decisions have been as difficult as whether or not to uphold Gov. Steve Bullock’s veto on House Bill 12. It passed with bipartisan majorities in both chambers. It appears to be a bill every Democrat, including the governor, would want to support. It increases funding to health care providers who serve the most vulnerable, many on Medicaid. Funding for increases to these providers was cut in 2010 as we struggled with the economic devastation of the Great Recession. Many programs t...

  • Restoring the American Dream

    Franke Wilmer

    Our founders gave us the most incredible political system ever invented, one grounded by the rule of law, majority rule and protection of minority opinions and dissent. They could not agree to renounce the slave trade, they did not extend political participation to women and non-property owners, and they dispossessed America's First Nations from their land and resource base. But they gave us a system that would enable us to be better people, collectively, than they were. Indeed, they expected it. They invented the American...