Category: Legislature

Gazette opinion: Statewide victory for Montana voters – Billings Gazette, Nov. 6, 2014

November 6, 2014
NOTE: Northern Plains Resource Council staff and volunteers over the last two months conducted an intensive door canvass in Billings in opposition to LR-126, knocking on more than 21,000 doors and having more than 8,000 conversations about the measure. On Tuesday, 441 Yellowstone County residents registered and voted in the General Election, according to preliminary data. Thanks to overwhelming support from voters across Montana, Election Day registration will remain an option for all of us. A GOP lawmakers’...
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Gazette opinion: Not COOL: World trade trumps U.S. shoppers’ choice – Billings Gazette, Nov. 5, 2014

November 5, 2014
Buying American is good for Americans individually and for our economy as a whole. Shoes, shirts, cars, even seafood, fruits and vegetables are labeled with the country of manufacture or origin so shoppers can make a better-informed choice. So what’s the matter with labeling beef and pork, too? Well, meat production is a multinational business for big meat packing businesses and for some U.S. ranchers along the Mexican border. Some of the beef sold in U.S. grocery stores comes...
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Gazette editorial: Building blocks for Montana’s energy future – Oct. 27, 2014

October 27, 2014
If you want to see a real “all of the above” energy policy, take a look at the five scenarios the Montana Department of Environmental Quality has put out for discussion. The DEQ wrote a white paper with these five hypothetical strategies for Montana to respond to the tougher federal carbon emissions rule that the EPA proposed in June. When DEQ held public meetings earlier this month in Colstrip, Billings and Missoula, around 500 people attended....
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Delicious sights, sounds and turkey in southeastern Montana – May 1, 2014, Missoulian

May 1, 2014
By Greg Tollefson Once again, the last weekend in April found me in the southeast corner of Montana with my pal Homer on a sentimental journey to one of our favorite places on the planet, the Tongue River Valley. We make the long trip ostensibly because it’s wild turkey season, and hunting turkeys is a great way to explore the nooks and crannies of that under appreciated part of the state. This year, we were joined by friend...
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Billings Gazette opinion: Fresh perspective good for Coal Board, state – Aug. 5, 2013

August 5, 2013
For years, some Yellowstone County leaders concerned about access to coal impact funds have asked Montana governors to appoint a county resident to the Coal Board. County Commissioner Bill Kennedy and Rep. Margie MacDonald, D-Billings, were among those who asked Gov. Steve Bullock to appoint the first Yellowstone County resident. “There’s a misguided myth that Yellowstone County is not impacted,” MacDonald said last week. “We’ve always wanted a voice on the Coal Board,” Kennedy said. That concern...
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Editorial: Preserve renewable energy standards – Helena Independent Record, March 14, 2013

March 14, 2013
In 2005, the Montana Legislature had the forethought to pass renewable energy portfolio standards that defined renewable energy and required state utilities to have a portion of their energy portfolio derived from these sources. The legislation started the portfolio requirements at 5 percent, increasing to 15 percent by 2015. Currently, the two largest public utility companies in Montana — NorthWestern Energy and Montana Dakota Utilities already are at or near that 15 percent level. However, since the legislation passed,...
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Billings Gazette opinion: Keep tax credit that spurs wind energy growth – Nov. 25, 2012

November 26, 2012
When businesses harness Montana’s wind energy, private landowners, local and state governments and workers share the benefits. More than a dozen wind farms scattered across Montana have a total electricity generating capacity of 647 megawatts. They represent $1.3 billion in capital investment, creation of 1,319 construction jobs and 86 permanent jobs. Together, they paid $5.4 million in taxes in 2010. By 2018, these same wind farms will be paying $8.9 million in property taxes as abatements expire. Wind...
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Opinion: Enough notice is the law, not an option – Great Falls Tribune, Oct. 12, 2012

October 12, 2012
For a little while Wednesday, the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission planned at its Thursday meeting to consider an easement to allow the Tongue River Railroad to build across a state-owned Miles City fish hatchery at its Thursday meeting. The Tribune’s John S. Adams inquired about the status of the agreement. After that, the item was pulled from the FWP Commission’s agenda. There is nothing wrong with public entities changing items on their meeting agendas. Sometimes reports...
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