What Do State Budget Cuts Mean for Yellowstone County?

To balance our state budget, per law, the Governor must cut $227 million dollars from the general fund budget. Departments have, per the Governor’s request, submitted proposals for a 10% reduction in their general fund budgets. These proposed cuts are severe, and if enacted, will result in the elimination or reduction of several critical programs for vulnerable populations in Yellowstone County, including the elderly, children in foster care, and students. Many of the proposed cuts to the Montana general fund trigger simultaneous federal cuts. 

The Legislative Finance Committee met on Oct 4 and 5 to review the proposed cuts and to gave a recommendation to the Governor.  Governor Bullock will review their input and decide on his final budget.  From there, the balanced budget must be enacted, per state law.  The Governor or a majority of legislators can call for a special session to consider legislation which could potentially lessen the severity of the cuts through temporary or new revenue, or other measures.

UNITED WAY FORUM (October 3, 2017)

On October 3, 2017, over 70 state legislators (Republican and Democrat) and community leaders gathered to raise awareness about the local impact of proposed state budget cuts and to foster conversation about potential solutions.