Emergency education grants include technology infrastructure
Bullock recently announced $8.7 million in federal grants will be distributed to education entities across the state to ramp up remote learning opportunities, technology infrastructure, and workforce training opportunities. "Emergency grants
will immediately address needs for students who may have fallen behind, upgrade critical technology infrastructure, and ensure students have access to remote learning opportunities."
Source: The Ekalaka Eagle on 2020 Montana Senate race
, Jun 19, 2020
First governor to protect net neutrality
He was the first governor in the country to protect net neutrality through Executive Order, refused to send
National Guard troops to the border, and he filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration over dark money.
The Democratic governor signed an executive order requiring Internet-service providers that operate in the state to embrace net-neutrality principles in order to obtain lucrative state-government contracts. "This is a simple step states can take to
preserve and protect net neutrality," says the Montanan, who is the first governor to employ an executive order as a tool to renew net-neutrality standards. [OnTheIssues note: "Net neutrality" disallows different broadband rates for commercial users].
Source: The Nation magazine on 2020 Democratic primary
, Jan 24, 2018
Create jobs by investing in roads and bridges
I ask you to join Representative Jeff Welborn and me in Building Montana; creating 4,000 good-paying construction jobs by investing over $300 million into bridges, water and sewer systems, schools and roads.
And let's do it without raising taxes or endangering our solid financial position.
HB 5 Legislative Summary:
$39M: New Montana Heritage Center - capital project
$122M: Montana University System - capital projects
$16M: Local match for Regional Water Authorities
$28M: state endowment appropriations for water/wastewater
$29M: technology account appropriations for school facilities
Put state government spending online, in searchable database
I've pledged to bring a more effective government to Montana--and we're doing that already, too. This Thursday, for the first time ever, Montana's checkbook will be online. We'll have a searchable database so that any Montanan--or anyone in the world,
for that matter--can look at how we are spending the taxpayers' money. It's the right thing to do and it'll lead to a more effective government.
While there are some things I can accomplish without your active engagement and partnership, there are other areas where we need each other if we are going to make progress.
Crafting a budget is one of those areas where we need each other.
Montana is the envy of other states: our unemployment is lower and our economy sounder. While nearly every other state's budget is awash in red ink, thanks to good fiscal management, Montana has amassed a half-billion-dollar budget surplus.