Citizen activism in the digital age is making its way to Montana state government, as several upcoming teleconferences with elected officials will make it easier for Billings-area residents to lobby their legislators without leaving town.  Thursday’s first session was held at Montana State University Billings, with people speaking up about funding for projects including early childhood education, infrastructure, Colstrip, healthcare, the state’s open meeting law and several other topics.

 
Karen Moses of Billings asked legislators to raise her taxes if it means the state can help pay for early childhood education and reduce the financial hit to the Department of Public Health and Human Services.  Democratic Representative Kathy Kelker of Billings said there’s no bill yet on funding early childhood education.  Republican Rep. Sue Vinton, of Billings said that career and technology bills are on their way and Middle school students are the intended beneficiaries.