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Governor likely to veto furloughs, pans prison deal

The Guv

HELENA—Gov. Steve Bullock said Thursday he expects to veto a bill passed in the special legislative session directing the executive branch of state government to furlough certain employees to save $15 million over the next two years. Hours after the Legislature adjourned, the Democratic governor told reporters that House Bill 8, sponsored by Rep. Barry Usher, R-Billings, was riddled with legal problems and “was pretty half-baked and in many respects, fairly silly.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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At session’s end, both sides claiming partial victory

Morning

HELENA—Everyone was claiming at least a partial victory Thursday after the conclusion of a special legislative session called to close a $227 million state general-fund budget and revenue shortfall

The House adjourned at 1:04 a.m., Thursday with the Senate concluding at 12:36 a.m. to wrap up a two-day special session. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Bullock, GOP agree on budget fix, special session over

Adjourn

Editor’s note: This story has been superseded by a later, expanded story, which you can read by clicking here. HELENA — The Montana House and Senate adjourned the special legislative session early Thursday after Republican leaders and Gov. Steve Bullock agreed on a plan to fill the state budget and revenue gap with $231 million in cuts, transfers and other funds. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Bullock’s surprise: He’s already making budget cuts

House

HELENA—Shortly after the Montana House convened in special session on Tuesday, Gov. Steve Bullock, in a surprise announcement, said he was immediately implementing $76.6 million in general-fund budget cuts. Bullock originally hadn’t planned to make the budget cuts until after the special session adjourned. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Bullock’s work-comp fee pitch hits strong opposition

Buttrey

HELENA — Business groups and others denounced one of Gov. Steve Bullock’s key revenue-raising proposals as risky and discriminatory at a hearing at the special legislative session on Monday. Bullock’s plan would temporarily require the workers’ compensation State Fund to pay a 3 percent management fee on its assets exceeding $1 billion that are invested by the State Board of Investments. The bill, if enacted, is projected to raise $30 million over the two-year period before the fee goes off the books in June 2019. (more…) Continue Reading →

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