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Capitol Connections

Capitol Connections April 17, 2013

Sen. Rick Ripley discusses the state budget process and Rep. Austin Knudsen on bills aimed at helping oil and gas impacted communities on this week’s Capitol Connections.


Capitol Connections April 10, 2013

Senators Essman and Sesso on the Senate blow-up, the fate of the state’s main budget bill, state employee pay, pensions, and more.


Capitol Connections March 27, 2013

Gov. Steve Bullock and Rep. Chuck Hunter on the Bullock Administration’s plan for Medicaid expansion on this week’s Capitol Connections.


Capitol Connections March 20, 2013

Sen. Wanzenreid discusses the budget bill and the budget process. Sen. Greg Jergeson talks about legislative decorum in the age of term limits, this week on Capitol Connections from Yellowstone Public Radio.


Capitol Connections March 13, 2013

The latest on the state pension systems fix, revising term limits for legislators, and efforts to help Eastern Montana communities cope with the Bakken boom, this week on Capitol Connections from Yellowstone Public Radio.


Capitol Connections March 06, 2013

Rep. Duane Ankney talks about the state’s main spending bill. Sen. Christine Kaufmann on why she wants to end the oil & gas tax holiday.


Capitol Connections February 27, 2013

House Minority Leader Chuck Hunter (D-Helena) talks about the first half of the 2013 session–and what to expect from the second.


Capitol Connections February 20, 2013

This week, Yellowstone Public Radio News Director Jackie Yamanaka discusses Medicaid and Medicare with Dr. Jay Larson, a Helena internist, and Richard Opper, Director of the MT Department of Public Health and Human Services.


Capitol Connections February 13, 2013

This week, Yellowstone Public Radio News Director Jackie Yamanaka speaks with Senator Bruce Tutvedt (R-Kalispell) about the role “dark money” played in a barrage of campaign ads against him. Jackie also welcomes Senator Llew Jones (R-Conrad) for a discussion of school funding and how Senate Bill 175 would fund schools with oil and gas money.


Capitol Connections January 30, 2013

This week, Chairman of the Joint Select Committee on Pensions Senator Dave Lewis (R-Helena) talks about legislative efforts to address the shortfall facing state employee retirement system. Also, hear about the television and internet feed from the Montana Legislature From Stephen Maly, the special projects manager for HCTV and TVMT.