More Harm Than Good

The Great Falls Tribune reported on a meeting this morning between Governor Schweitzer and Republican leadership to discuss the budget and workers compensation.  The GOP leadership appears to be continuing to try to pretend that we don’t have the funds available to fund schools and take care of seniors and the disabled, rather than admit openly that they support the cuts regardless. The top Republican priority appears to be the cost of workers compensation insurance to businesses:

Milburn and Peterson said high workers’ compensation rates were the number one  concern raised by the business community at a listening session at the beginning of the session.

But the Governor urged the Republicans to make sure that changes to the system didn’t make the problem worse.

Posted: March 3, 2011 at 1:32 pm

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14 thoughts on “More Harm Than Good

  1. Farmboy

    Im not suprised by this, the Republicans are from outer space this year, meanwhile Schwietzer is still from the real world of Earth. So this is going to be an ugly session with a very ugly ending. In fact I would not be suprised to see the Republicans stay till the 4th of July.

    1. Buckminster

      That might be a blessing, as it might keep them from showing their mugs in the 4th of July parades around the state.

  2. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

    Big mistake! The Teawankers here in Mt. need a leetle geography lesson. Montana is NOT Wisconsin! Yet anway. And Schweitzer is NOT Walker/Koch! And that’s really too bad for guys like Mike Milkchurn! He SO wants to follow the Walker/Kock model here in Montana. He SO wants to create a budget crisis so that HE and his teawankers can come along and “fix” it. He SO wants a free ride on the Big Koch!

    Only problem is that the guv is gonna whup UP on these bozos once again before it’s over! They just don’t get it. After eight looong years of gettin’ their asses handed to them, you would THINK that they’d figure it out. But hey, if they were smart, they wouldn’t be TEAwankers!

    The people of Montana have had it with their nonsensical theatrics. When the governor has a budget that WORKS already in place and set to go, why SHOULD they support a Teawanker budget that doesn’t, but DOES create all KINDS of unnecessary cuts? Doesn’t make sense. Milkchurn TERRIBLE underestimates the ingelligence of your average Montanan!

  3. Buckminster

    I certainly hope the voters are taking a good hard look at what they are getting from these “representatives of the people.” I haven’t heard a whole lot of representing me in this session.

  4. Lt. Col (Ret, Army) Richard Liebert

    Tea Party trying the same ‘shakedown’ tactics happening in Wisconsin, and really about stifling dissent and innovation. As
    for work comp. fixes,that’s essential but how did we get to
    that point? Did it get worse under the Schweitzer administration
    or did we start sliding under previous administrations?

  5. Mother Jones

    Rick Hill touts the fact that he “fixed” work comp several years ago. This is the work comp system we have now that Republicans say is hurting business. Fail!

  6. Lt. Col (Ret, Army) Richard Liebert

    Those who voted for the ‘bitter tea’ now suffering the ‘hangover’ of hasty decisions and elections have consequences, and every voter who STAYED away derelict in their duties, especially while
    soldiers and marines stand guard everyday and sacrifice, and voters too apathetic to spend an hour to vote?

  7. Lynn

    The people I talk to are so unaware of basic civics, they blame everything wrong on President Obama. They think if their food stamps were denied or cut its because he wrote an exceutive order cutting them. They have little or no idea that wages are the problem.If they were paid a decent wage they would not have to apply for food stamps. These people also do not vote

  8. Savoy

    For those who may have missed it, the governor got Peterson and Milburn to admit that the work-com system in montana is f—d up, and is (the worst in america; and that the reason it is the most expensive in america is that the last time there was an attemp to fix the system, the attempt backfired and created the problem we have now, the out-of-control costs. Thus did the Governor get milburn and peterson to throw Rick Hill under a very big bus. Hill is in fact running for governor on the claim to fame that he supposedly “fixed work comp 1hen he was chair. His “reform” produced the current sysytem, the one milburn and peterson say stinks. Betti Hill, ricks third wife, was in the room. She did not look happy when the gov insinuated that Hill created the current work comp mess. But she almost turned purple when Milburn and Peterson started agreeing wholesale with the governor about how rick f—d the whole work comp system up.

  9. Gumbo

    Savoy speaks the truth. It was pretty hilarious. The GOP leaders got suckered into it like a bad witness on the stand, being cross examined by a country lawyer.

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  11. Gloria Larson

    So let me get this straight, in the early 1990s the work comp system was a mess, Racicot brings in Rick Hill to run it and after three years he turns a massive deficit into a surplus, and implements reforms that lower workers comp rates. Now 15 years later, under a work comp system run by Schweitzer for the past seven years (and yes, he is responsible…he appoints the Work Comp Board after all), somehow it’s Rick Hill’s fault that rates are among the worst in the nation? Give me a break; nobody’s buying it.

    And get your facts straight. Betti is Rick’s second wife, they’ve been married for almost 30 years.

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