WA Free Beacon: Schweitzer wins seat on board of company he intervened on behalf of during auto bailout

Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer won a seat on the board of a major mining company on May 2 and will now benefit from a deal he brokered on behalf of the company as the state’s Democratic governor.

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Attorney General intervenes in MPI’s “false claims” case against former COPP Dave Gallik

Attorney General Tim Fox’s office alerted a Missoula court Thursday that the state will intervene in a lawsuit against former Commissioner of Political Practices Dave Gallik.

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GF Tribune: Judge Says MPI Lawsuit Against Gallik Can Proceed

HELENA — In an order filed Thursday, Missoula District Judge John Larson said a lawsuit against former Commissioner of Political Practices Dave Gallik can proceed.

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Bozeman Daily Chronicle Op Ed: Improve Medicaid Before Expanding It

 

Gov. Bullock waited until nearly 60 of the 2013 legislative session’s 90 days had passed before making a Medicaid expansion proposal that essentially said “do what the feds want.” That’s a wasted opportunity. Since Medicaid rules are made in Washington, D.C., we frittered away a chance to negotiate reforms that could better meet the needs of Montana’s most at-risk population while also being fair to taxpayers.

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Heartland Institute: MT Relooking Hydro as Renewable Power

Montana Sen. Jim Keane (D-Butte) has filed legislation to define hydropower as a renewable power source for meeting Montana’s renewable power mandates. 

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Missoulian: Montana Checkbook, salaries go online

…The database won praise from Carl Graham, CEO of the Montana Policy Institute, which had been pushing the state to create online sites showing both expenses and salaries. His group successfully sued the state over the salary information during the Schweitzer administration and put the pay information on its website…

This story appeared in Lee newspapers across the state.

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Big Sky Business Journal: MPI and New State Transparency Site

…”The state website came as a complete surprise, albeit a nice one,” said Carl Graham, whose organization, Montana Policy Institute, (MPI) fought long and hard to get such a site.

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Media Trackers Montana: 50 State Legislators Discuss Free Markets at Montana Policy Institute Forum

A total of 50 state legislators and approximately 130 people met this weekend to discuss free market principles for Montana.

The two-day event was hosted by the Montana Policy Institute (MPI) and focused on gearing up both state legislators and the general public for the upcoming 2013 legislature. The forum featured discussions and presentations on important issues for the upcoming legislature and was highlighted with a presentation by Wall Street Journal Editorial Board Member and Senior Economics Writer Stephen Moore.

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Media Trackers Montana: New Study Says State Employees Receive 15% More in Total Compensation than Private Sector Workers

A new study released by the Montana Policy Institute (MPI) shows that employees of the state of Montana receive 15 percent more in total compensation than employees in the state’s private sector.

Unlike Montana’s State Human Resources Division’s biennial salary survey, the MPI study on public and private wages in the state includes fringe benefits and compares total compensation to private sector equivalents.

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Media Trackers Montana: Bullock’s Office Seeks to Dismiss Suit Against Former Political Practices Commisioner

Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock’s office is seeking the dismissal of a law suit against former Montana Commissioner of Political Practices (COPP) Dave Gallik brought by the Montana Policy Institute (MPI). The suit was filed under the 2005 “False Claims Act,” which alleges on behalf of the state that Gallik worked for his private law practice on state time and with state resources during his tenure from May of 2011 t0 February of 2012….

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