KJJR Guest Op-Eds

    • What I Saw On My Trip To The Southern Border

      Posted by Sen. Bruce “Butch” Gillespie at Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at 9:48 AM

      Senator Butch Gillespie recently visited the southern border and wrote about what he saw.

      Sen. Bruce “Butch” Gillespie

    • Two Tiers Of Justice At The Montana Supreme Court

      Posted by State Senator Greg Hertz at Friday, February 23, 2024 at 1:37 PM

      Senator Greg Hertz, R-Polson, discussing how the Montana Supreme Court is applying justice differently depending on who's appearing before them in court.

      State Senator Greg Hertz

    • Montana Courts Are Out Of Control

      Posted by Sen. Keith Regier at Monday, February 12, 2024 at 2:03 PM

      Sen. Keith Regier discussing how a recent Montana Supreme Court decision violates the constitutional separation of powers.

      MT Senator Keith Regier

    • New Year Brings Lower Taxes to Montanans

      Posted by Senators Jason Ellsworth, Becky Beard, and Greg Hertz at Friday, January 5, 2024 at 2:14 PM

      Senators Becky Beard, Greg Hertz, and Jason Ellsworth write about income tax cuts that went into on January 1st, as well as property tax issues.

      Senators Jason Ellsworth, Becky Beard, and Greg Hertz

    • Protecting Our Nation and Honoring Those Who’ve Already Done So

      Posted by By: Sens. Ken Bogner, John Fuller, Russ Tempel, and Barry Usher at Tuesday, December 19, 2023 at 9:57 AM

      Four State Senators who are veterans, discussing policy related to national defense and veterans.

      Sens. Ken Bogner, John Fuller, Russ Tempel, and Barry Usher

    • Slow Court Process Likely To Create Problems

      Posted by State Senate President Jason Ellsworth at Wednesday, December 13, 2023 at 12:06 PM

      Senate President Jason Ellsworth explaining his concern about the slow pace of court decisions and calling for solutions.

      State Senate President Jason Ellsworth

    • Superintendent Arntzen Urges Board of Public Education to Keep Teacher Licensing Fees Low

      Posted by Superintendent Elsie Arntzen at Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at 11:45 AM

      Should Montana increase teacher licensing fees? The answer is simple, NO.

      Superintendent Elsie Arntzen

    • Strengthening The Integrity Of Montana’s Elections

      Posted by Senators Jason Ellsworth, Carl Glimm, Mike Cuffe, & Shelley Vance at Monday, November 13, 2023 at 12:04 PM

      Montanans can be confident that voting machines are secure, only eligible Montana citizens are casting ballots.

      Senators Jason Ellsworth, Carl Glimm, Mike Cuffe, & Shelley Vance

    • Tech Hub Is Great News For Montana

      Posted by State Senator Jason Ellsworth at Thursday, October 26, 2023 at 10:00 AM

      Montana can lead the way not just on photonics technology, but also on producing the raw materials that are necessary to build technology.

      State Senator Jason Ellsworth

    • A Productive Legislative Session For Hunters and Landowners

      Posted by Sen. Steve Hinebauch, Sen. Bob Brown, Sen. Mike Lang at Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at 11:31 AM

      Wildlife issues have frequently been overcome with intense division in previous legislative sessions. 2023 was different.

      Sen. Steve Hinebauch, Sen. Bob Brown, Sen. Mike Lang

    • Zoning Reforms Will Help Solve Montana’s Housing Crisis

      Posted by Senator Mandeville and Senator Trebas at Friday, October 6, 2023 at 1:00 PM

      There have been dozens of news articles celebrating the historic pro-housing reforms passed in the 2023 Legislature. Many of those national stories call the package of legislation “the Montana Miracle.”

      Senator Mandeville and Senator Trebas

    • Deadline Approaching For Property Tax Rebate

      Posted by State Senator Jason Ellsworth at Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at 1:31 PM

      October 1st is the deadline to claim your $675 property tax rebate for this year. Tens of thousands of Montana property owners have already claimed theirs.

      State Senator Jason Ellsworth

    • Montana Leads The Nation On Digital And Biometric Privacy

      Posted by State Senator Dainel Zolnikov at Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at 1:15 PM

      Montana is again being recognized as a leader on protecting our citizens’ privacy in the age of technology.

      State Senator Dainel Zolnikov

    • New Laws Already Having A Positive Impact

      Posted by State Senator Jason Ellsworth at Thursday, September 14, 2023 at 1:37 PM

      Cities are updating their zoning codes to be more friendly toward building affordable starter homes, with some, like Whitefish, explicitly saying they wouldn’t have done so without a mandate from the Legislature.

      State Senator Jason Ellsworth

    • Next Legislative Session’s Work Begins Now

      Posted by State Senator Jason Ellsworth at Thursday, September 7, 2023 at 2:21 PM

      The big takeaway for Montana citizens is this: if you have an idea you’d like to see the Legislature work on in the 2025 legislative session, don’t wait to make your voice heard.

      State Senator Jason Ellsworth

    • Protecting Montanans From Government Surveillance

      Posted by State Senator Ken Bogner at Tuesday, September 5, 2023 at 11:50 AM

      We scored a big win for Montanans’ privacy and against invasive surveillance technology during this year’s legislative session.

      State Senator Ken Bogner

    • How We’re Improving Montana’s Education System

      Posted by Senators Jason Ellsworth and Dan Salomon at Wednesday, August 30, 2023 at 10:12 AM

      As Montana students head back into the classroom for another year of school, our education system is facing multiple challenges.

      Senators Jason Ellsworth and Dan Salomon

    • It’s Time To Claim Your Property Tax Rebate

      Posted by State Senator Dainel Zolnikov at Monday, August 14, 2023 at 9:42 AM

      The state legislature passed $384 million in property tax rebates, the first half of which is currently available to Montanans.

      State Senator Dainel Zolnikov

    • Legislature Invested In Montana’s Future

      Posted by Montana Senator Steve Fitzpatrick at Monday, August 7, 2023 at 12:52 PM

      The conservative budgeting from the legislature and resulting historic budget surplus allowed Republicans to do both tax relief and long-term planning.

      Montana Senate Majority Leader Steve Fitzpatrick

    • Busting The Democrat Myth On Montana Taxes

      Posted by State Senator Greg Hertz MT-SD6 at Tuesday, August 1, 2023 at 9:40 AM

      Montana Democrats are out in full force trying to convince Montanans that they want to reduce your taxes. This is far from the truth as their actions in the legislative session speak much louder than their words now.

      State Senator Greg Hertz MT-SD6

    • Montanans Are Getting Their Money Back

      Posted by MT Senator Becky Beard at Thursday, July 6, 2023 at 9:45 AM

      Nearly all working-age Montanans, more than half the state’s total population, are getting some welcome news this month: the state is sending them money.

      Montana Senator Becky Beard

    • What You Should Know About Property Tax Appraisals

      Posted by Montana Senator Greg Hertz at Wednesday, June 21, 2023 at 1:58 PM

      Property tax appraisals are currently arriving in the mail. It’s important to review the valuation and appeal it if you do not agree with the valuation.

      State Senator Greg Hertz MT-SD6

    • Bounty Hunter Reform to Protect the Public

      Posted by Commissioner Troy Downing at Friday, June 16, 2023 at 10:24 AM

      While most members of the bail bond industry abide by the law, a few bad actors abuse their position.

      Commissioner Troy Downing

    • Legislature’s Health Care Investments Will Help Montana Families

      Posted by Senators John Esp and Jason Small at Monday, June 12, 2023 at 9:54 AM

      We would wager that nearly every Montana family has struggled in some way with mental health, diabetes, or postpartum health care.

      Senators John Esp and Jason Small

    • Whitefish Illustrates Legislature’s Success On Housing Policy

      Posted by Senators Keith Regier, Carl Glimm, John Fuller, Mark Noland, and Greg Hertz at Friday, June 9, 2023 at 10:28 AM

      We would like to thank the Whitefish City Council for perfectly illustrating the Legislature’s success on housing policy and demonstrating why we needed to act on zoning reform in the recent legislative session.

      Senators Keith Regier, Carl Glimm, John Fuller, Mark Noland, and Greg Hertz

    • Legislature Expanded Access To Affordable Health Care

      Posted by Sen. Tom McGillvray and Rep. Jodee Etchart at Monday, June 5, 2023 at 11:59 AM

      The United States’s health care system is a mess of complex regulations and layers of bureaucracy. It’s also expensive.

      Sen. Tom McGillvray and Rep. Jodee Etchart

    • Republicans Delivered On The Policies We Promised

      Posted by State Senator Greg Hertz MT-SD6 at Friday, June 2, 2023 at 10:01 AM

      The Democrat leaders should remember that it was Montana voters who gave Republicans a supermajority in the legislature, and for good reason.

      State Senator Greg Hertz MT-SD6

    • Harnessing Montana’s “Power of Place” to Drive Economic Growth in Communities Statewide

      Posted by Todd O'Hair, President/CEO, Montana Chamber of Commerce  at Friday, May 12, 2023 at 1:37 PM

      Tourism is one of Montana’s primary industries and a leading service export for the Treasure State.

      Todd O'Hair, President/CEO, Montana Chamber of Commerce 

    • SAFE Banking Act will Make Montanans Safer

      Posted by Montana Senate President Jason Ellsworth at Thursday, May 11, 2023 at 8:52 AM

      Montana Senate President Jason Ellsworth discussing the federal SAFE Banking Act that is on the move again in Washington, D.C. Ellsworth highlights the importance of that legislation with Montana's legal recreational marijuana industry.

      Montana Senate President Jason Ellsworth

    • The Majority Wins of the 68th Legislature

      Posted by Sens. Jason Ellsworth, Steve Fitzpatrick, Ken Bogner at Tuesday, May 9, 2023 at 12:10 PM

      The recent legislative session was only the second in 20 years with a Republican governor. Last session, in 2021, we passed many good conservative policies for the state, but most of them were comparatively simple bills.

      State Senators Jason Ellsworth, Steven Fitzpatrick, and Ken Bogner

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