The chair of the committee that will set the state health department's budget for the next two years dropped the starting point for that agency's spending by nearly a billion dollars in a party-line vote Friday.
Gov. Steve Bullock released a draft budget for the next two years on Monday that does not cut essential state services or raise taxes.
Any coronavirus-related revenue losses to Montana's treasury over the next year will likely be recovered the year after, state financial analysts said Tuesday.
There's division among Democrats and Republicans in Montana over how severe the economic fallout from the pandemic will be and how to respond.
State budget officials presented Montana legislators with a mixed prediction of the state’s budget over the next two years, with some lawmakers saying the effects of the pandemic were being underestimated.
Already predicting an $18 million loss this spring as students move off campus and on-campus events evaporate due to COVID-19, officials said a hiring freeze was the only prudent way to proceed.
An audit of the state Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education found several instances where money spent on travel and meals constituted an "abuse" of state money, including a plane ticket from Europe and hotel rooms around annual Cat-Griz football games.
As the Montana Legislature nears its final days, some lawmakers are objecting to policies being added into so-called budget companion bills in ways they say skirt public input and even legislators' awareness of what's happening.
After repeatedly defeating proposals to add Democrats' key priorities back into the state budget, lawmakers in the House indicated they'll pass — on a nearly party-line vote — the $10.3 billion state budget.
Lawmakers in Helena took stock of the first half of the 2019 Legislature last week as they paused to prepare for the final 45 days of the session. In that time, they expect intense debate over proposals and policies that will shape the future of the state for decades to come.
Local government officials turned out Thursday to testify against expanding their share of public defender costs.
As the 66th session of the Montana Legislature convened at noon Monday, Republicans in the House appeared to have headed off a looming fight within their caucus — at least for now.
Sarah sat in her Livingston home with the front door locked and her eyes closed, picturing the path to Gallatin Mental Health Center in Bozema…
The state is restoring $45.7 million to agencies that saw budgets slashed during a special legislative session last year, with the bulk of the money going to the health department.
Due to severe state budget cuts, the nonprofit Western Montana Mental Health Center in Missoula has had to lay off more than 60 case managemen…
The special session of the Montana Legislature starts today. Reporters Holly Michels and Erin Loranger will have coverage throughout the session. Follow them on Twitter — @hollykmichels and @eeloranger — for updates.
A deal on fixing the state’s budget woes could materialize in coming days and a special session could follow shortly after, the governor’s budget director said Wednesday, however some Republicans are less certain something can be worked out.
The governor's budget director is recommending the state reduce spending by $229.3 million, mostly leaving in place cuts proposed by state agencies asked to trim their budgets 10 percent, but lessening the blow for some firefighting and tax collection programs.