November 16, 2017 •
Montata Special Session Adjourns
The Montana Legislature adjourned a special session on the state’s budget shortfall in the early hours on Thursday morning.
Multiple bills were passed to close the $227 million gap including a bill requiring furloughs of state employees, changing the state liquor license lottery to an auction, and a bill to eliminate $13 million in block grants for school districts statewide. Tax increases proposed by Gov. Steve Bullock did not pass.
Legislators have said the passed budget solutions are far from perfect but avoid deeper cuts to crucial state agencies.
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