The recession has cost our state jobs and revenue for services. Unfortunately, a plan to start the new budget almost $500 million below the Governor’s balanced budget proposal will make matters worse by making unnecessary cuts that will hurt the economy and families.
To create new jobs, local economies need a boost—not cuts. If the legislature continues with their plan, they will begin the session by automatically implementing over 200 cuts hidden in procedural decisions without a transparent discussion of their impacts. These cuts will decrease income for Montana families and businesses, hurt vulnerable children and cost the state more in the long run.