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Montana Gov. Steve Bullock proposed a two-year state budget on Nov. 16 that he says preserves essential services while boosting education and infrastructure spending. YPR News’ Kevin Trevellyan reports it’s the two term Democratic governor’s final budget proposal.

During a news conference at the capitol, Bullock proposed using $75 million, or two thirds of the state’s rainy day reserve, to offset revenue drop offs from the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The Little Shell Tribe saw their highest voter turnout yet for tribal elections. YPR News’ Kaitlyn Nicholas spoke with reelected Chairman Gerald Gray about his previous term and his future goals for the tribe.

On Nov. 8, members of the Montana Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians reelected all incumbent council members and executive board officials, including Chairman Gerald Gray to his third four year term appointment.

Gray says securing federal recognition was his biggest focus during his last term as Chairman.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks logo on the side of a department truck.
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Montana's Republican Governor-elect Greg Gianforte announced his transition advisory team for the department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks. 

A press release Monday says the team will review candidates for the next director of FWP. 

Republican Montana Governor-elect Greg Gianforte Friday announced his joint transition advisory team for two agencies key to managing the state’s natural resources.

A news release says the team will review candidates to serve as the next directors of the Department of Environmental Quality and Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.

Gianforte campaigned on a promise to get rid of what he called needless delays in permitting and create good-paying Montana jobs.

Montana’s next governor, Congressman Greg Gianforte, took the first step Friday to make good on his campaign promise to install new leaders at state agencies. Three days after winning the executive office, Gianforte is taking applications for top state jobs.

Voting booths at the Missoula Library.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

An audit of the Secretary of State’s office suggests improvements can be made to secure the state’s elections, including hiring a security manager position that’s been vacant for multiple years.

U.S. Supreme Court

The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding hearings on President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Barrett would fill the seat left vacant with the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Watch the hearings live Monday, October 12 - Thursday, October 15. Expected to begin at 7 a.m. MT each day

The Capitol dome in Helena, MT.
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Gov. Steve Bullock announced in a news release Tuesday that the state has sold $52 million in bonds to help pay for major state public works projects.

The money will fund projects like the Romney Hall renovation at Montana State University, an expansion of the Great Falls College Dental Hygiene Clinic and a new Montana history museum in Helena. 

Montana Republican lawmakers are pushing forward with rule changes for the legislature that could tip the balance of power in some interim committee decisions and change the way new rules for statehouse operations are set. Democrats are calling foul and threatening a lawsuit over what they’re calling a power grab.

Republican members of the Joint House and Senate Rules Committee are polling the entire Montana Legislature on three new rules to govern their actions.

Daines' Forest Management Bill Hear In Subcommittee

Sep 21, 2020

Montana Senator Steve Daines on Sept. 16 stumped for legislation he helped draft, saying more forest management would protect communities from wildfires.

Republican Daines presented his Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act of 2020 to the Senate Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining.