On Monday and Tuesday, December 8-9, at the Gateway Center, 1710 National Avenue, in Helena, MT, the Montana Budget and Policy Center and the Partnership for Montana’s Future will host the 2nd Legislative Summit.
Events on December 8, Taking a Seat at the Table: Strategies for Leaders from Indian Country, will bring together 60 participants to discuss tactics and strategies to help advocates effectively participate in the 2015 Legislative Session. The session will begin at 9:00 am and end at 5:00 pm.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau will speak at 9:45 am. Lieutenant Governor Angela McLean will speak during the lunch break around 12:15 pm.
Events on December 9, Making an Impact: Advocacy for the 2015 Legislative Session, will bring together nearly 150 national and state experts, influential state leaders, elected officials, policy analysts, and advocates offering their insights and expertise on key state policy matters. Tuesday features panels and discussions on issues related to the state budget, health care, education, conservation, labor, and more. Participants will learn how to coordinate with partners on these critical issues in the 2015 Legislative Session. This day will begin at 8:00 am and end at 5:00 pm. Read the full agenda for December 9.
The evening reception will begin at 6:00 pm and the keynote address by Dr. Avis Jones- DeWeever will begin at 7:00 pm. Dr. Jones-DeWeever is an accomplished scholar, writer, and public speaker. She is an authority on race, gender and the economy, poverty, inequality of educational and economic opportunity, and issues of privilege, power and policy in the US.
The Montana Budget and Policy Center (MBPC) is a nonprofit organization providing in-depth research and analysis on budget, tax, and economic issues. Their core focus is publishing credible, timely, and easy-to-understand reports on the fiscal policies that most impact low and moderate income Montanans. That research and analysis then informs public policy, the media and the broader public.
The Partnership for Montana’s Future is a coalition of more than 50 organizations that share a common belief that Montana’s future depends on wise investments in education, infrastructure and safe and healthy communities.