Guest opinion: The return of Montana’s copper collar

Mark Twain is credited with saying, “History does not repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” And so it is with SB331, which is winding its way through the legislature. This bill authorizes NorthWestern Energy to buy more interest in old coal plants and automatically pass the costs, plus profit margin, onto their customers without review by the Public Service Commission. It also puts ratepayers on the hook for more of the decommissioning and cleanup costs in the future.

Guest view the return of the copper collar - Montana Standard

Unfortunately, this is just one more chapter in the long, sad saga about politics, power, and greed in Montana. In the 1970s the fight over permits and construction of Colstrip Units 3 and 4 was a long and bitter battle. Though the utility companies won in the end, the public concern and opposition resulted in passage of the Major Facilities Siting Act, the Coal Severance Tax, and the Coal Tax Trust. . .
— Ken Toole, Montana Standard

THE RETURN OF MONTANA’S COPPER COLLAR - The Daily Interlake

Mark Twain is credited with saying, “History does not repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” And so it is with SB 331, which is winding its way through the Legislature. This bill authorizes NorthWestern Energy to buy more interest in old coal plants and automatically pass the costs, plus profit margin, onto their customers without review by the Public Service Commission. It also puts ratepayers on the hook for more of the decommissioning and cleanup costs in the future.
— Ken Toole, The Daily Interlake

Supporters pack Montana Capitol to rally for continuing Medicaid expansion - Billings Gazette

As lawmakers on the third floor of the Montana Capitol heard hours of testimony Saturday on two Medicaid expansion bills, ralliers convened at noon in the rotunda to support lifting the sunset on the health care program.

The “Don’t Mess with Medicaid" rally featured several speakers before a crowd of more than 400 cheering for the Democratic bill that would continue Medicaid expansion without the work requirements some Republicans want to add. The legislation they came to support was House Bill 425, brought by Rep. Mary Caferro, D-Helena, that makes the Medicaid expansion signed into law in 2015 permanent. . . .