HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's governor has vetoed three bills including an increase in Social Security exemptions.
The Independent Record reports that Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock vetoed...
Montana Legislature passes Medicaid expansion bill
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana House passed a bill Thursday to continue for another six years a program that provides health care for about 96,000 low-income residents.
The Latest: Legislature passes Medicaid expansion bill
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on Montana's Medicaid expansion bill (all times local):
The Montana Legislature has passed a bill to continue a program that provides health...
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte says he's considering another run for Montana governor in 2020.
The second-term congressman lost to the incumbent, Democratic Gov....
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock signed a bill Tuesday to clarify that fossils are part of a property's surface rights, not its mineral rights, unless a contract separating the...
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Legislature has approved a bill that would give residents of resort communities the opportunity to increase taxes.
Bullock to GOP: Quit playing games with health care
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is chastising Republican lawmakers by telling them quit playing games with people's health care after they blocked a bill to continue the state's...
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A bill to continue Montana's Medicaid expansion program stalled Thursday on the Senate floor as Republicans sought to tie the fate of that measure — a top priority of Gov....
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. government attorneys are asking a judge to throw out Montana Gov. Steve Bullock's lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A full panel of a federal appeals court will hear arguments in a case to determine whether dinosaur fossils are part of a property's surface estate or mineral estate in the...
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Attorney General Tim Fox has raised more than $200,000 since the Republican announced his candidacy for governor.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Hours after a committee tabled a bill that would continue Montana's Medicaid expansion program, the full Senate assigned it to another panel.
Montana lawmakers addressing high prescription costs
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers are working on several bills to help rein in the high cost of prescription drugs, mostly with a focus on pharmacy benefit managers — the middlemen who...
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana Senate committee voted Thursday to give additional funding to schools and the public defender's office while restoring some money to the state Department of Revenue...
Preschool bill dies in Montana legislative committee
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A proposed bill that would have provided publicly funded preschool in Montana has failed in a state legislative committee.
Four-term Great Falls lawmaker Jean Price dies at age 75
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Four-term Montana Rep. Jean Price has died at age 75.
The Great Falls Democrat's friend and campaign manager, Carl Donovan, told the Great Falls Tribune that Price died...
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Legislature unanimously passed a bill Friday to clarify that fossils are part of a property's surface rights, not its mineral rights, unless a contract separating...
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Montana jobless rate remained 3.8 percent in February
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's unemployment rate remained 3.8 percent in February, matching the national rate.
Gov. Steve Bullock said in a statement Friday the economy held steady during an...
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's governor says he has spoken with governors of neighboring states about the possibility of holding a grizzly summit.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says he will appoint an advisory council to come up with recommendations on how to manage the state's grizzly bears.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said Wednesday he's backing state legislation that aims to prevent foreign money from influencing state elections by closing a loophole created by...
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — A month ago, Eric Giddens was just a member of the Cedar Falls school board thinking about maybe, someday, running for higher office.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's House Appropriations Committee voted Monday to advance a nearly $10.3 billion budget to fund state services over the next two years
The Latest: Montana panel approves $10.3B state budget
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on Montana's two-year budget bill (all times local):
A Montana House committee has advanced a nearly $10.3 billion budget to fund state...
Montana jobless rate rises to 3.8 percent in January
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's unemployment rate increased slightly to 3.8 percent in January, with state officials saying the likely cause is the federal government shutdown.
Bullock issues first veto of legislative session
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock has issued his first veto of the legislative session.
The Democratic governor rejected a bill Friday to loosen regulations on Multiple Employer...
Montana House committee begins work on state budget
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana House Appropriations Committee took up the next two-year budget Thursday, beginning with discussions about funding for the agency with the largest budget: the...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 20 years after he left the White House, Bill Clinton is still sought after for advice by some Democrats running for president. But the names on his dance card in recent...
The opening months of the Democratic presidential primary have been dominated by senators who have staked their campaigns on personal narratives and sweeping liberal policies.
Bullock hires Iowa staffer, plans sixth trip to state
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is planning a sixth trip to Iowa and his political-action committee has hired a staffer to organize his efforts in the early voting state.
Correction: Election 2020-Money story
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Feb. 26 about campaign fundraising, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Sen. Elizabeth Warren is from New York. She is from Massachusetts.
Montana budget panel leaves out governor’s preschool funding
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The first draft of Montana's 2020-2021 state budget won't include the $22 million Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock requested to expand publicly funded preschool.
Bullock plans 5th trip to Iowa in possible presidential bid
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is traveling to Iowa this week, his fifth trip to the Hawkeye State since he began exploring a possible 2020 presidential run last year.
At least 11 Democrats are running for president or have formed exploratory committees, but Bullock has repeatedly deflected questions about his plans.
He says he's focused on his state's legislative session, which lasts until the end of April.
Montana Senate approves requirements for abortion providers
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Senate has approved a measure that would require providers to ask women seeking abortions if they want to view ultrasounds and listen to the fetuses' heartbeats.
The bill designed to make women reconsider having abortions passed the Senate 31-19 on Tuesday. It now goes to the House for consideration.
Montana hospitals agree to help fund Medicaid expansion
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana hospitals have agreed to pay a fee to help fund Medicaid expansion as the state's share of the cost of the health care coverage increases, an official with the Montana Hospital Association said Thursday.
Bob Olsen, the senior vice president for the MHA, said Gov. Steve Bullock and state lawmakers made it clear they expected industries that benefited from Medicaid expansion to help pay to continue it.
Governor’s budget proposes nearly $20M for public preschool
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock is proposing the state spend nearly $20 million over the next two years to expand a pilot program for public preschool.
Siri Smillie, the governor's policy advisor for education, said Monday public preschool helps promote social development, teaches children to problem-solve, think critically, be creative and communicate — sending them to kindergarten ready to learn. Other supporters say preschool provides long-term benefits.
Bullock apologizes for not doing more about former aide
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is apologizing for not doing more to warn others about a longtime aide who was fired for sexual harassment and went on to work for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Bullock seeks to cement legacy in final State of the State
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock sought to cement his legacy in his final State of the State speech Thursday, touting improvements in Montana's economy, educational opportunities and health care coverage since he took office in 2013.
The Latest: Sales: Montana is too dependent on federal funds
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the Montana State of the State address (all times local):
In response to Gov. Steve Bullock's State of the State address, Senate President Scott Sales said that while the state's economy is doing well, Republicans are concerned about Montana's reliance on federal funding.
Republicans want Medicaid expansion without additional costs
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An early version of a Republican plan to continue the state's Medicaid expansion program without taking on additional costs involves raising premiums, assessing some taxes and collecting money from tax-exempt religious corporations, according to a bill draft obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Beyond liberal base, some Democrats pitch to party moderates
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As the early Democratic presidential candidates come out with their tax and health care plans, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is pitching beer and bipartisanship.
The brewpub magnate recently swung through early-voting Iowa to test his theory that what voters really are interested in is someone with a record of achieving liberal goals even in a divided government.
Ex-NYC mayoral aide also lost previous job over harassment
NEW YORK (AP) — A former New York City mayoral aide who was quietly forced out of his job over sexual harassment allegations was fired previously for similar reasons.
The Democratic Governors Association in Washington tells The New York Times that Kevin O'Brien was fired in December 2015.
The Latest: Governor thought ex-aide would stop harassment
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on sexual harassment allegations against a former New York City mayoral aide (all times local):
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock's spokeswoman says the governor thought a former senior staffer of his wouldn't harass any more women after being fired from the Democratic Governors Association.
Montana attorney general announces campaign for governor
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's attorney general announced his candidacy for governor on Thursday, joining what's expected to be a crowded Republican field as the GOP tries to win next year's open seat and put an end to 16 years of Democratic rule.
Tim Fox, a 61-year-old cancer survivor in his second term as attorney general, said Republicans may have lost the past four gubernatorial elections, but now the time is right for a conservative governor — and he's best suited for the job.
Bullock takes last shot at passing infrastructure package
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers on Tuesday took up Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock's infrastructure proposal in what will be his fourth and final attempt at passing a major public works package.
Montana jobless rate steady at 3.7 percent in December
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's unemployment rate remained at 3.7 percent in December with the state adding about 1,100 jobs over the month.
Montana's jobless rate is lower than the national rate of 3.9 percent.
Gov. Steve Bullock says in a statement that while Montana's economy remains strong heading into a new year, the federal government shutdown could impact the state economy and unemployment in January.
Montana lawmakers consider proposals meant to cut drug costs
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers and the state insurance commissioner are targeting a generally hidden part of the health care system, with new regulations aimed at bringing down prescription drug costs. Companies in the drug supply chain, and the state's biggest health insurance company, are fighting back.
Montana’s Bullock in no rush to announce plans for 2020
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock appears to be in no hurry to announce his plans for the 2020 election, even as the Democratic field of presidential candidates grows more crowded by the day.
Bullock made multiple trips last year to early voting states such as Iowa and New Hampshire as he flirts with joining what's expected to be a large field of would-be challengers to President Donald Trump.
The Latest: Montana governor applauds Supreme Court decision
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on Montana's campaign contribution limits (all times local):
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is calling the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to leave Montana's campaign contribution limits in place a big deal.
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal seeking to strike down caps on contributions to political campaigns in state elections, including to candidates for governor, other statewide offices and the Legislature.