Fred Thomas http://mtpr.org en Legislative Fiscal Division refutes Gov.’s cost estimate for Medicaid Expansion http://mtpr.org/post/legislative-fiscal-division-refutes-gov-s-cost-estimate-medicaid-expansion <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Steve Bullock announced his support Wednesday for a voter initiative to expand Medicaid, called the Healthy Montana Initiative.</span></p><p>Medicaid expansion is an optional piece of the Federal Affordable Care Act, and Republican majorities in the Montana Legislature decided not to approve it in 2013.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:47:58 +0000 Dan Boyce 16776 at http://mtpr.org Legislative Fiscal Division refutes Gov.’s cost estimate for Medicaid Expansion Republican divide widening ahead of MT primary election http://mtpr.org/post/republican-divide-widening-ahead-mt-primary-election <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As Montana moves toward the June primary elections, a deep divide still exists between elements of the state legislature’s Republican caucus.</span></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 00:43:21 +0000 Dan Boyce 15538 at http://mtpr.org Republican divide widening ahead of MT primary election Lawmakers ask if Missoula can charge fees to megaload shipments http://mtpr.org/post/lawmakers-ask-if-missoula-can-charge-fees-megaload-shipments <p>State lawmakers are asking what rights local governments have to charge fees to megaload shipments moving through Montana cities and towns.</p><p>These vehicles carry enormous pieces of equipment, blocking traffic as they haul their freight often to the tar sands of Canada or the Bakken oil patch.</p><p>The legislature’s Revenue and Transportation Interim committee inquired into the fees Tuesday.</p><p>Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce says the city of Missoula began charging them a few years ago.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 00:44:20 +0000 Dan Boyce 15165 at http://mtpr.org Just how much would Medicaid expansion cost the state anyway? http://mtpr.org/post/just-how-much-would-medicaid-expansion-cost-state-anyway <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Analysis of a new ballot measure seeking to expand Medicaid shows expansion would not cost Montana as much as previously forecast, but the state budget would still take a long-term hit from the so-called “Healthy Montana Initiative.”</span></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 20:53:55 +0000 Dan Boyce 14591 at http://mtpr.org Just how much would Medicaid expansion cost the state anyway? 40-thousand Montanans fall into Obamacare 'coverage gap' http://mtpr.org/post/40-thousand-montanans-fall-obamacare-coverage-gap <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A ballot initiative which would expand Medicaid in Montana has run into a hang-up after the Attorney General’s office noted a legal issue with the proposal.</span></p><p>Supporters of the so-called “Healthy Montana Initiative” have filed a corrected version to the Montana Secretary of State’s Office.</p><p>This will shorten the amount of time the initiative has to gather signatures to be placed on the 2014 ballot.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:31:39 +0000 Dan Boyce 14047 at http://mtpr.org 40-thousand Montanans fall into Obamacare 'coverage gap' The 2014 election officially begins http://mtpr.org/post/2014-election-officially-begins <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>UPDATE 5:30 PM</strong></span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Secretary of State's Office has reported a total of 139 Montana candidates filed to run during the first day they could officially do so.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republican legislative candidates at a news event Thursday afternoon said Montana voters are tired of what they call failed liberal policies both in the state and in Washington D.C.</span></p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 18:06:43 +0000 Dan Boyce 13450 at http://mtpr.org The 2014 election officially begins