Proposed state budget cuts to the Department of Public Health and Human Services will have a direct, negative effect on tens of thousands of Montanans.
The people who will suffer from these budget cuts include children who are cared for by foster families, children who need evaluations and treatment after being abused, families who need shelter from domestic violence, low-income seniors who need help paying for medication, and people with disabilities or mental illness who can be productive, independent community members with the assistance of case managers.
The scale of these cuts is too large to address in a short letter; visit balancedbudget.mt.gov for full details.
I encourage Gov. Steve Bullock and our state legislators to develop a solution that includes generating revenue, like increasing the tobacco tax and closing tax loopholes that benefit only the wealthy and large corporations.
Solving this budget crisis with cuts alone will harm our most vulnerable children and families, and will ultimately create bigger problems that become more expensive to address in the future.