Present Law Budget: What does it mean and how does it affect our communities?

With the 2021 Montana legislative session less than a month away, decisions made by our state level policymakers will determine how Montanans weather this pandemic. The state budget is a big piece of that puzzle by providing funding for schools, health services, and maintenance of our roads and bridges.

Key budget terms that will be used a lot this session include present law budget, present law adjustments, and statewide present law costs.

MPBC Announces New Project – Big Sky Brighter Future

Today the Montana Budget & Policy Center announced its new project – Big Sky Brighter Future – a bold agenda providing policymakers with a clear course to prioritize Montana’s families and children as we rebuild our state.

Montana is a place we love to call home. Natural beauty and commitment to community make Montana an extraordinary place to live for many.

MBPC Statement in Response to the House-Passed Farm Bill

Following the passage of the House Farm Bill, the Montana Budget and Policy Center released the following statement: “The harsh and partisan farm bill the U.S. House passed this week would cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by nearly $19 billion and take away food assistance from 2 million struggling Americans, including children, seniors, […]

Montana’s income inequality is growing faster than any other state

Missoulian – March 12, 2017 Montana is the state with the fastest growth of income inequality, according to a recent report based on U.S. Census Bureau data. The report, from a website called Zippia that covers career issues, summarizes data from the American Community Survey from 2010-2016. Montana’s income inequality increased 4.97 percent over those six […]