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Lea Whitford

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Eric Whitney

The state’s budget passed a final vote in the Montana House this morning and is now moving to the Senate. Democrats there are continuing efforts to increase taxes that they say would bring in more money to help currently underfunded state programs.

The latest tax increase proposal introduced in the Senate today could raise the cost of beer, wine and hard alcohol.

When Governor Steve Bullock released his budget late last year, he called for a 50 percent bump in the state’s wine tax to help make up for revenue shortfalls.

Bill to Promote Indian Country Tourism Advances

Feb 23, 2017

Tourism opportunities can be better promoted in Indian country, said Senator Lea Whitford of Cut Bank.  Her Senate Bill 309 seeks to make sure Native voices are included on the Tourism Advisory Council and there’s money to help promote Indian Country because there is more to see than teepees and powwows.

Whitford said there’s also casinos, campgrounds, trails, fishing, heritage centers, museums, and art galleries.  


Capitol Connections: Montana American Indian Caucus

Feb 15, 2017

There are 9 American Indian legislators in the 65th Montana Legislature, according to self-reporting to the Legislative Services Division. That’s about 6% of the 150 members. These 9 lawmakers have joined forces with at least 7 other legislative colleagues with American Indian constituents to form the Montana American Indian Caucus.


Doubling The Wine Tax Up For Debate In Montana Senate

Feb 10, 2017
A bill in the Montana Senate would double the wine tax in an effort to boost revenue in the state as it faces a budget shortfall.
Denise Mattox (CC-by-2.0)

A bill in the Montana Senate would double the wine tax in an effort to boost revenue in the state as it faces a budget shortfall. Democratic Senator Lea Whitford of Cut Bank is carrying Senate Bill 191.

The Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent attempts to provide stewardship to 18 million acres by connecting people, cultures, communities and conservation. Lea Whitford, Blackfeet tribal member and Montana state senator, is part of that process, she's this week's guest on "Home Ground Radio" with Brian Kahn.

Legislative News Roundup - Week 2

Jan 20, 2015
Montana Capitol
William Marcus

In the second week of the 64th Montana Legislature, two initiatives from Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock’s budget were opened up in joint appropriations subcommittees.