Unanimous Senate votes to override Gianforte’s first veto
Montana’s Senate voted unanimously Friday to override the first veto issued by Gov. Greg Gianforte, defending a bill that would make it easier for the Legislature to repeal administrative rules issued by state agencies.
Gianforte administration takes second crack at modernizing corporate tax
Gov. Greg Gianforte’s administration is renewing a push to modernize Montana’s corporate income tax code to better reflect the state’s 21st-century economy, backing a new, less ambitious bill after a prior measure stalled in the face of industry opposition.
Montana GOP advances income tax cuts for high earners, kills Dem proposals
Republicans in the Montana Senate voted Tuesday to advance a trio of income tax cut bills backed by Gov. Greg Gianforte — and Republicans in the Senate and on the House Taxation Committee swatted two tax bills pitched by Democrats.
House bill would cut equipment tax for 4,000 Montana businesses
House Bill 303, sponsored by Rep. Josh Kassmier, R-Fort Benton, would raise the threshold where the tax kicks in from $100,000 in business equipment to $200,000. Proponents say it will boost small businesses by exempting more of their property from state taxes.
Montana Legislature may double financing for affordable housing
Two years after passing a program designed to increase the number of affordable apartments available in Montana communities by letting housing developers use the state’s coal trust fund as a bank for low-interest loans, Montana lawmakers are considering doubling the funding available for the program.
Bill would limit Montana governor’s emergency powers during extended crisis
A bill under consideration by the Montana Legislature would give legislators more opportunity to check emergency powers granted to the governor in long-running disaster situations like the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Daines says he’ll vote against Electoral College certification of Biden victory
In advance of a historically routine vote Jan. 6 by which the U.S. Senate endorses the results of the 2020 presidential election, U.S. Sen. Daines said Saturday he will join several other Republican senators in voting against certification of the Electoral College count awarding the presidency to Joe Biden. Instead, Daines and some peers want Congress to appoint an election commission to take again review the November vote, potentially creating a path to overturn the results of the election before Biden is sworn into office Jan. 20 by giving Republican-controlled legislatures in disputed states a chance switch their electoral votes from Biden to Trump.
2021 Legislature: ‘Solutions Caucus’ members to lead key committees
Leadership roles for the 2021 session indicate that pragmatic Republicans in the “Solutions Caucus” faction will continue to play key roles in shaping state policy as Montana enters a new world of unified Republican control.
Montana’s new GOP leaders set sights on abortion, gun rights, environmental regs
The Montana GOP's legislative leaders say they’re still working to define the priorities the party will bring to the Capitol when lawmakers meet this winter to craft a budget and debate changes to state law.
Analysts say state budget looks alright for next year, thanks to reserves
It’s an open question how quickly state revenues will rebound from the pandemic as individual Montanans and businesses earn less and pay less in income taxes, the state’s most important source of funding.