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Congressional plan for coal miner health care bailout begs question: Who’s next?

By   /  May 3, 2017  /  Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Uncategorized, Virginia, West Virginia  /  No Comments

Republican members of Congress face a dilemma, particularly those from coal-mining states. As Congress considers a $1.3 billion bailout of health benefits for retired union coal miners, they must weigh the arguments for and against such federal bailouts.   “My district has more United Mine Workers members than any other Congressional district in the nation,”Congressman Mike […]

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Montana Democrats split on charter schools

By   /  February 17, 2017  /  Education Blog, Montana  /  No Comments

A Montana Democratic state representative wants a statewide charter school system, but  the Democratic governor does not appear to be on board. Rep. Jonathan Windy Boy introduced legislation to set up a seven-member commission to run the system. But Siri Smillie, an education policy adviser to Gov. Steve Bullock, testified against the bill at a House […]

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Montana gearing up for renewed school choice debate

By   /  December 23, 2016  /  Education Blog, Montana  /  No Comments

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School choice supporters in Montana are pushing state legislators to introduce new reforms while they await a court decision on the constitutionality of a tax credit scholarship program enacted in 2013. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that any attempt to expand choice will be opposed by the MEA-MFT, Montana’s teacher’s union. Read more here.

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Montana tax-credit scholarship restored by court

By   /  April 1, 2016  /  Education, Judiciary, Montana, National, News  /  No Comments

Flathead County District Court in Montana issued a preliminary injunction Thursday restoring the state’s school choice program after a new Department of Revenue rule had blocked families from using tax-credit scholarships to attend religiously affiliated schools. The injunction will remain in place until further action by the court. “When you exclude the religious school segment […]

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Survey: Montanans support transferring public lands to the state

By   /  March 28, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, Montana, Watchdog Arena  /  No Comments

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A majority of Montanans support turning some federally-managed public lands over to the state government.

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Arkansas governor calls rolling back Medicaid expansion ‘unbiblical’

By   /  March 23, 2016  /  Arkansas, Health Care, Montana, News, Ohio, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

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Ending Medicaid expansion in Arkansas would be “unbiblical,” Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson said during a March 17 radio interview.

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