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Regents weigh impact of budget cuts

The Montana Board of Regents put a framework in place Thursday that would allow for cuts of up to 5 percent in the university system, the first of the state agencies to publicly heed the governor's request to do so. The board...


Montana regents eye budget cuts up to 5 percent

The Board of Regents will evaluate budget cuts of up to 5 percent for the state's colleges and universities at a meeting this week. The regents have decided to join other state agencies that are drafting the proposed budget cuts fo... Full story


Gov.: Pine beetle woes here to stay

Gov. Brian Schweitzer, speaking to land use managers, said that state and federal agencies must tell the public that the scarred forests left behind by voracious pine beetles will remain for years. Millions of acres of forest land... Full story


Schweitzer seeks publicÃ

Gov. Brian Schweitzer said Wednesday he wants ideas from the public on how the state can save money without reducing services, and he promises to implement the plan that gets the most votes. Schweitzer said ideas will be collected...


Mont. Lawsuit challenges corporate political ban

A conservative group filed a lawsuit in Montana on Monday that seeks to overturn the state's ban on corporate political advocacy. The challenge from a group called the Western Tradition Partnership comes in the wake of a U.S.... Full story


Montana budget forecast sees red

A new budget forecast indicates that state coffers will run into a deficit by the middle of 2011 — a forecast the governor's office called irrelevant even as it makes plans to start cutting agency budgets. The Legislative Fiscal... Full story


AP prevails in records lawsuit

A state agency that sued The Associated Press over a request to see documents on alleged sexual misconduct of prison employees must hand over the records, a Helena judge decided in the constitutional right-to-know case. The issue... Full story


Rehberg in familiar role as obvious front-runner

U. S. Rep. Denny Rehberg is in the familiar position of being the obvious frontrunner in his re-election bid, but says he is not taking anything for granted in a primary in which he faces challenges from both the left and the right...


Montana lawmakers work on list of DUI bills

Montana lawmakers started work Tuesday on the finer points of many proposals to crack down on drunk driving amid growing concern over repeat offenders in the state. Some of the ideas include stripping driver's licenses from those...


Legislator’s company got stimulus funds

A state lawmaker carved money out of last year's stimulus spending bill for an energy study shortly before investing in a company to help get that money, according to newly released documents. Rep. Llew Jones of Conrad used his... Full story


Gov. Schweitzer to release all local grant money

Gov. Brian Schweitzer finalized about $40 million in state government budget cuts on Monday — but said he would release several million dollars in local stimulus grants that had become the focus of tense disputes with local...


Governor asks agencies to plan for cuts

State budget cuts could be getting far more severe following an order Tuesday from the governor that agencies prepare contingency plans for 5 percent spending reductions, a move that surprised legislative leaders who were not told...


State freeze on local money draws GOP criticism

A move by Gov. Brian Schweitzer's administration to freeze a bunch of money spent on local projects came under fire Wednesday as lawmakers started looking at a budget situation that has prompted the governor to consider widespread...


One in, one out of supreme court race

Recently appointed Montana Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat filed for a run at the of f i c e Wednesday, whi le Just ice William Leaphart said he won't run again for his seat. Leaphart, 64, who was first elected to the court in 199...


Montana to allow doctor assisted suicide

The Montana Supreme Court said Thursday that nothing in state law prevents patients from seeking physician-assisted suicide, making Montana the third state that will allow the procedure. Patients and doctors had been waiting for... Full story


Schools fear cuts could mean higher taxes

The Office of Public Instruction said Tuesday that budget cuts being considered at the request of Gov. Brian Schwei tzer could lead to higher local property taxes, just as the governor cautioned that all such ideas are...


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