By Amy R. Sisk
Community News Service
University of Montana School of Journalism
A House-Senate conference committee got to work Monday to sort out a mix of tax credits, cuts and simplification plans. Yellowstone Public Radio’s Jackie Yamanka tells us about the give-and-take surrounding a bill to change the state’s income tax system.
The Associated Press also reported on taxes, noting that some leaders remain optimistic while others aren’t so sure their constituents will receive any tax relief the next two years.
Taxes aren’t the only spending items on the bargaining table. Montana Public Radio’s Dan Boyce brings us up to speed on budget negotiations, noting that Gov. Steve Bullock plans to issue amendatory vetoes so lawmakers leave Helena with $300 million in the treasury.
Meanwhile, Charles S. Johnson of Lee Newspapers wrote about the latest developments in the state’s pension system, noting that the governor’s two bills continue to advance.
Elsewhere in the Capitol, a bill to allow victims of domestic violence to decide whether to pursue mediation in family law cases is headed to the governor’s desk. Gwen Florio of the Missoulian has that story, noting that the measure came back to life after it was previously voted down in the Senate Judiciary Committee.