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Steve Bullock

the 2017 Rice Ridge Fire near Seeley Lake
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The State’s fire fighting savings account started this month with the second lowest balance since it was created a decade ago.

There’s only about $4 million in the fund’s reserves for this fire season. That’s about a fifth of what the state needs to cover an average fire season bill.

Caitlin Borgmann, director of the Montana ACLU.
Photo Courtesy CUNY Law School

The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana wants the state’s top elected officials to shield Montanans from aggressive federal immigration policy.

ACLU wants Montana’s Governor Steve Bullock, Attorney General Tim Fox and its entire congressional delegation to stem what it says are immigration-related human rights violations happening right here in Montana.

Montana Senate President Scott Sales, left, and House Speaker Austin Knudsen, both Republicans, are on opposite sides of the call for a special session
Corin Cates-Carney


Montana lawmakers have a little less than two weeks to decide whether to come back to Helena for a special legislative session, potentially the second in eight months.

“It’s going to be a very heavy lift to get the 76 votes,” Senate President Scott Sales said.

Montana could play a significant role in meeting the demand for renewable energy in the Pacific Northwest, according to a new study from the Bonneville Power Administration and the state of Montana.

Cash register.
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Late last year Montana lawmakers carved about $170 million from state spending. That led to big cuts – for example, the state health department lost 4.5 percent of its budget, which slashed critical services for some of Montana’s most vulnerable.

Would a new revenue source, such as a sales tax, help prevent future budget crises?

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