Steve Bullock

Montana women are earning 67 percent of what men earn.
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Tuesday, Montana’s gender pay gap was spotlighted at the Capitol. It’s National Equal Pay Day. And Montana women are earning 67 percent of what men earn. Montana is ranked 39th in the nation for gender pay equality. Nationally, women workers earn 71 percent of men’s median earnings.

It's all about the gubernatorial race today on "Campaign Beat": The politics behind the governor's new "working group" on Colstrip; PayPal, and the dilemma for pro-business Republicans who support "religious freedom" laws; And to nobody's surprise, Greg Gianforte wins the endorsements of Sen. Daines and Rep. Zinke. Listen now for the latest analysis from Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson, and Rob Saldin.

A $50,000 investment of state tourism money is being rolled out today. It’s a map-based website that highlights and guides people to more than 200 trails across Montana. The site is called hikewildmontana.org.

Debate Over LBGT Civil Rights Reaches MT Campaigns

Apr 7, 2016
Anthony Romero, attorney and executive director, of the ACLU
Courtesy ACLU

Debate over new law in North Carolina aimed at civil rights for the LBGT community has become a campaign issue across the country, including Montana’s gubernatorial contest. Anthony Romero, attorney and executive director of the ACLU, is scheduled to be in Montana April 13 and 14, 2016 to discuss this and other civil liberty issues. 

  The CEO of Northwestern energy has accepted Governor Steve Bullock’s offer to be part of a working group on the future ownership of the Colstrip coal-fired power plant.

Bullock made the invitation yesterday, the same day he announced the working group. He says he’s concerned about the future of Colstrip as there’s talk lately about two of the power plant’s out of state co-owners perhaps selling their shares or shutting parts of Colstrip down.

Northwestern CEO Bob Rowe told the Governor his company is willing to participate in the working group.

Sen. Jon Tester
US Senate

On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Jon Tester and Governor Steve Bullock invited the multi-billion dollar company PayPal to open up business in Montana. 

Gov. Steve Bullock (file photo)
Josh Burnham

Tuesday, Governor Steve Bullock announced he’s convening what he calls a “working group” to talk about potential changes in ownership of the Colstrip coal-fired power plant. Or at least three of its four generating units. We talked with Gov. Bullock about his plans for this Colstrip working group.

Colstrip power plant
Courtesy Montana AFI-CIO

Today Governor Steve Bullock said he wants to convene a "working group" to explore alternative ownership of most of the Colstrip coal-fired electricity plant.

MDC, The treatment and housing center for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is set to close in June 2017.
Dan Boyce

Carol Dailey is afraid of what will happen to her son if state lawmakers continue their plan to shut down the Montana Developmental Center, in Boulder. The treatment and housing center for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is set to close in June 2017.

Sen. Dick Barrett speaking at today's Democratic rally at the Capitol. From left to right: Rep Mary Ann Dunwell, Sen. Christine Kaufmann, Sen Dick Barrett, Sen John Sesso, Sen. Jill Cohenour.
Corin Cates-Carney

Montana Democrats gathered in the Capitol Friday trying to poke holes in the Republican campaign that’s challenging their party’s control of the state’s highest elected office.

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