Jon Tester

Cash register.

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?

President Donald Trump’s campaign website today confirmed he will appear at the Four Seasons Arena in Great Falls next Thursday.

President Trump Likely To Campaign Against Tester In Montana Next Week

Jun 28, 2018
President Donald Trump.

The White House says President Donald Trump will make a stop in Montana next week.

Spokeswoman Lindsay Walters says Trump will travel to the state on July 5. A location has not yet been announced, but the online news site The Electric reports that local officials confirm being contacted by the White House about using the Expo Park in Great Falls on July 5, and that local law enforcement has been alerted about the possibility.

Unlike in April, there were few fireworks Wednesday over President Trump's nominee for Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

In April, Democratic Senator Jon Tester endured a tweet-storm from Trump after Tester released a list of anonymous accusations that Trump's previous nominee was unfit for the job. That nominee, Admiral Ronny Jackson, subsequently withdrew his nomination. The President then tweeted that Tester should resign from the Senate, and said he'd come to Montana to campaign against his re-election this year.

The Senate has started debating its version of the Farm Bill, and both of Montana’s Senators, Jon Tester and Steve Daines, say their chamber’s version of the Farm Bill is good news for Montana farmers and ranchers. But they disagree on at least one important aspect of it.

First, Yellowstone Public Radio's Jackie Yamanaka reports on what they agree on.