Montana News

Sustainable Agriculture
5:55 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Lentil Underground Revolts Against Corporate Agriculture In Montana

The next time you drive through central or eastern Montana, look around. One of the farmers you see might be involved in a revolution.

Liz Carlisle is the author of a new book titled, Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America. She spent many months talking to Montana farmers about their revolt against corporate agribusiness, which has been going on for nearly three decades.

MTPR's Chérie Newman asked Liz how the Lentil Underground got its name.

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Butte Baseball Facility
5:30 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

American Legion Baseball In Butte Gets A Boost

Butte's American Legion baseball teams are now $1 million closer to a brand new facility at Copper Mountain Park.

The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation and Montana Resources contributed a total of $1 million to bring a proposed $2 million American Legion baseball facility to Butte.

Northwestern Energy will chip-in $50,000; half of that in cash, with the rest in the form of an in-kind labor donation to install lighting.

Butte-Silver Bow Chief Executive Matt Vincent predicts lots of people will attend night games.

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Medicaid expansion
5:06 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Groups Rally For, Against Medicaid Expansion In Montana

Supporters of Medicaid expansion rally in Kalispell on Saturday, Feb. 28. Carrying pink, yellow and white protest signs, they wanted to make clear their support for Gov. Bullock’s Healthy Montana bill.
Credit Nathan Kosted

Governor Steve Bullock’s Medicaid expansion plan gets its first hearing at the state legislature Friday, and that has groups for and against it trying to rally support.

The Koch brothers-funded group Americans For Prosperity, or AFP, unveiled new broadcast ads targeting Montana Republican representatives.

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Capitol Talk
6:02 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

'Capitol Talk' Reviews This Week At The Montana Legislature

Chuck Johnson, Sally Mauk, and Mike Dennison
Credit Eliza Wiley

This week on Capitol Talk: Sally, Mike and Chuck look back at the week's events at the Montana Legislature, from the Flathead water compact, to dark money, to the death of the death penalty repeal.

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2015 Legislature
5:23 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Tax Cut Bill Sets Up Showdown Between Gov. And GOP

Credit William Marcus

State lawmakers are taking a five-day break before starting the second half of the 2015 legislature. While much of their work remains unfinished, one bill that’s already on its way to the Governor could set the stage for a showdown.

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Community Hospital Sale
5:06 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

A.G. Fox Needs More Time To Review Community Hospital Sale

Credit Josh Burnham

Attorney General Tim Fox says he needs more time to analyze how $65 million from the sale of Missoula’s Community Medical Center should be used.

Fox approved the sale itself January 12. Still pending is Community’s proposal for where money from the sale should go.

"Because the proposal was submitted rather late in the process, we felt we did not have sufficient time to review that," said John Barnes, spokesman for the attorney general.

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2015 Legislature
4:42 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Lawmakers Say Much Work Remains As Legislature Reaches Half-Way Point

Credit Michael Wright - Community News Service

The Montana Legislature is at the half-way point of the scheduled 90-day session.

It’s more than just the numerical half-way point; it’s a key legislative deadline. All non-spending or non-tax bills had to meet the Day 45 deadline of being transmitted to the other chamber or they died.

Lawmakers will now have nearly a week off before they return to the Capitol to resume their work.

Yellowstone Public Radio’s Jackie Yamanaka talked to legislative leaders and the governor about the progress so far, and what lies ahead.

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2015 Legislature
7:21 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Legislators: Montana Entitled To Money From Public Land Sales

Sen. Jennifer Fielder (R) SD7
Credit Montana Legislature

Thursday, the Montana Senate passed a bill to ask the Federal Government to pay up for lands they’ve sold off.

Republican Representative Jennifer Fielder says under the Enabling Act, the Government is supposed to pay the state 5 percent of whatever money it makes selling off public lands. Fielder said they’ve been shirking this duty, costing Montana money intended for schools.

“They’ve really never been asked for this, I think it’s just a small detail that’s been overlooked for a very long time.”

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2015 Legislature
7:11 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

House Tax Cut Bill Faces Likely Veto

Credit William Marcus

Thursday, the Montana House of Representatives passed a bill to increase tax cuts for all Montanans. The bill’s sponsor, Republican Representative Keith Regier, brought this bill back to the House floor after a committee amended it to increase the tax cuts from .1 percent to .2 percent.

Regier says it’s good to give back when the government is in the black.

“A smart, responsible governor will recognize who’s funding the government and give them a break.”

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2015 Legislature
6:47 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Bill Diverts Coal Trust Taxes To Fund Infrastructure Projects

Credit Montana Coal Council

The Montana Senate gave final approval to a pair of bills seeking to make long-term infrastructure investments using coal severance tax money. To do that, voters would be asked to approve a constitutional amendment.

The effort faces an uphill battle to get the necessary votes in the House to put the issue before voters.

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