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 By Greg Jergeson    Opinion    July 27, 2018

Guest Columnist: The realities of building a coal-fired plant

Having not forgotten the lessons I learned as your Public Service Commissioner for eight years, I always read with interest the reports on what the two current candidates for PSC District #1 are sayin...

 

Bachmeier best choice for HD 28

Editor, During all my years serving Havre in the Montana Senate and observing my colleagues in the Legislature, I learned a great deal about the qualities that make an effective legislator on behalf of his or her local district.  As I have gotten...

 

Things start to pick up in state Capitol

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to share breakfast with two groups of amazing young leaders: Montana 4-H, and the Young Stockgrowers of Montana. I'm proud to say the Young Stockgrowers had a formidable north-central Montana delegation. I...

 

Things start to pick up in state Capitol

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to share breakfast with two groups of amazing young leaders: Montana 4-H, and the Young Stockgrowers of Montana. I'm proud to say the Young Stockgrowers had a formidable north-central Montana delegation. I...

 

Many successes for moderates

Jergeson This regular session of the Legislature concluded with the adjournment of the Montana Senate at about 3p.m. Wednesday, during the 87th day, three days early. The moderate center from both parties continued to hold throughout the final days...

 

Does Lichtenstein set Montana tax policy?

Would you believe that the Senate Taxation Committee would get a letter from the ambassador from Lichtenstein claiming that Montana tax laws are an insult to his country? And would you believe that the largest association supposedly representing...

 

The increase in committee proxy voting is disturbing

As we near the midsession break, I thought I'd offer a few observations about the legislative process this session. People frequently ask me if I notice any differences from the earlier periods when I served in the Senate. Some things are much the...

 

Moderates provide success at Legislature

Frequently, any legislative session is compared to a chess match. There are a huge number of moving parts. There are numerous players, with skill levels ranging from master to no skills at all. The challenge isn't so much whether one party or the...

 

Let's here your thoughts

Every two years, our citizen legislature meets for 90 days. As your state senator, I wanted to update you on the start of the legislative session, share some perspective on the first days, and let you know how we can stay in touch and engaged over...

 

Let's here your thoughts

Every two years, our citizen legislature meets for 90 days. As your state senator, I wanted to update you on the start of the legislative session, share some perspective on the first days, and let you know how we can stay in touch and engaged over...

 

Tax reform: The devil is in the details

This session, we are being treated to a number of bills proposing to simplify the Montana income tax system. Nearly everyone agrees with the basic premise of simplification. However, when an actual bill is proposed, the devil is in the details. One b...

 

21st century schools for our 21st century students

On Feb. 9, Barb and I had the pleasure of attending the annual Montana State University-Northern "We Love Northern Ball" at the Northern gymnasium in Havre. This annual event has, for many years, been a great source of vital scholarships that enable...

 

It's time for the Montana Senate to pick itself up, dust itself off

Friday, April 5, the Senate found itself mired in an angry dispute between the two parties. The majority was seen to be railroading several pieces of legislation in a manner that disregarded proper rules of public notice and procedure. The minority...

 

What goes around, comes around

There's an old adage, "What goes around, comes around." That old adage frequently manifests itself during any legislative session. And it has just done so again, in spades. When our new governor announced at the end of December his modifications to...

 

Bullock speech topped events

The highlight of this week's proceedings was the traditional State of the State address delivered by our new governor, Steve Bullock. His address was followed by the response delivered by Rep. Austin Knudsen from Culbertson. Legislators from both...

 

Absent Republicans show up to defeat key bill

Earlier, this session, I had written about my concern about the high level of absenteeism among some members of the Senate, especially their attendance and participation at the committees to which they had been assigned. Particularly troublesome, to...

 

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