Dan Boyce

Reporter

Dan Boyce moved to the Inside Energy team at Rocky Mountain PBS in 2014, after five years of television and radio reporting in his home state of Montana. In his most recent role as Montana Public Radio’s Capitol Bureau Chief, Dan produced daily stories on state politics and government.

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Government Shutdown
11:26 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Oh snap, you traveled from Ontario to see Yellowstone? Bad timing...

Canadians Donna and Bob flew over from Ontario, Canada to begin their tour of National Parks in the western US early this week. They are improvising in the wake of the government shutdown closing those parks.
Credit Dan Boyce

The partial shutdown of the federal government is now stretching into its third day.

President Obama is now saying House Speaker John Boehner is the only thing standing in the way of reopening the government. Congressional leaders made no progress on ending the shutdown after a Wednesday night meeting at the White House. 

The Wall Street Journal reports about 800,000 federal employees remain on furlough. 

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Government Shutdown
2:01 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

How long before Montana farmers feel impacts from the shutdown?

  Montana employees of the US Department of Agriculture make up the largest piece of the state’s federal workforce.

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry Economist Barb Wagner said latest figures show about 12,600 federal employees work in Montana, not including military personnel—which she says her office does not track. Of that civilian workforce, about 3,000 work for the USDA.

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Steve Daines
2:16 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Congressman Daines wants to cut timber--and food benefits

Republican Congressman Steve Daines

Montana’s Congressman Steve Daines is touting a bill he is cosponsoring which would increase logging on national forest lands.

The Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act passed the U.S. House last Friday.

Supporters say the bill would boost local economies near forest land and help lower the risk of catastrophic wildfires like those seen near Yosemite National Park this summer.

But, the bill faces some stiff opposition, including from the Obama Administration.

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Steve Daines
9:29 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Daines defends cuts to SNAP benefits, MT food banks worry

A bill to cut the federal food stamp program, now called SNAP, by $4 billion annually for the next decade is heading over to the U.S. Senate.

The Republican-led U.S. House passed the SNAP cuts last week, over opposition from Democrats.

The proposed cuts could seriously impact local food banks in Montana. Executive Director of the Great Falls Community Food Bank David Abbott said currently about 10,000 people in Cascade County do not know where their next meal is coming from.

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2013 Legislature
1:19 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

MT Developmental Center reorganizing after 10-percent budget cut

The entrance to the Montana Developmental Center grounds in Boulder.
Credit Dan Boyce

The Montana Developmental Center (MDC) in Boulder is trimming about ten percent from its budget following cuts handed down by the state legislature.

The facility provides treatment to people with developmental disabilities whose aggressive behavior has led the courts to determine they pose a risk to themselves or others. Those in charge at MDC say they are working to make the $1.5 million in annual cuts without compromising safety or standard of care.

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MT Jobs Summit
10:12 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Biggest results of jobs summit may take time to see, if they are seen at all

22 year-old Alex Crosby lines up for a free website offered to businesses by Google during the Montana Economic Development Summit Tuesday
Credit Dan Boyce

 The shaking of hands and rubbing of elbows is winding down in Butte.

The Montana Economic Development Summit wrapped up in the Mining City Tuesday.

Senator Max Baucus’s office and the Montana chamber of commerce led the organization for the event.

Corporate sponsors paid the quarter million dollar bill for the two-day summit, letting anyone who signed up to come for free.

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce says about 4,000 total attendees registered  to not only hear from some of the world’s leading business executives, but also to network.

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MT Jobs Summit
1:50 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Boeing announces $35 million expansion of Helena plant

Boeing CEO Jim McNerney (center) announces an expansion to the company's Helena facility at the Montana Economic Development Summit along with Gov. Steve Bullock (left) and Sen. Max Baucus
Credit Dan Boyce

The CEO of Boeing said Tuesday the company is expanding its Helena manufacturing plant by almost 50-percent.

Jim McNerney said the $35 million dollar expansion will add between 20 and 25 jobs to the facility’s workforce, allowing for the building of parts for the company’s 787 Dreamliner.

McNerney announced the expansion at the Montana Economic Development Summit in Butte alongside Senator Max Baucus and Governor Steve Bullock.

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MT Jobs Summit
9:06 am
Tue September 17, 2013

FULL KEYNOTE: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg speaks with Sen. Max Baucus on MT Jobs Summit Stage

Sheryl Sandberg

The Montana Jobs Summit   gives the following biography for Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg:

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MT Jobs Summit
7:06 am
Tue September 17, 2013

FULL KEYNOTE: Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt speaks at Montana Economic Development Summit

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt spoke to the Montana Economic Development Summit  on Monday, addressing both the challenges and opportunities in creating jobs in the modern world.

Schmidt also has some advice for Montana, a state he says he "loves everything about."

Hear his full speech below

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MT Jobs Summit
1:34 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

FULL KEYNOTE: SpaceX, Tesla Founder Elon Musk speaks at Montana Jobs Summit

Elon Musk

Sen. Max Baucus' Montana Jobs Summit kicked off today with remarks from some of the world's most respected business leaders.

The two-day summit is featuring keynote addresses ranging from Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmit, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and SpaceX and Tesla Motors Founder Elon Musk.

Sen. Baucus introduces Musk in this 15 minute presentation.

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