2019 Montana Legislative Session Recap

May 23, 2019

Over the past four months, Montana Budget & Policy Center's staff analyzed nearly every part of the state budget, provided research and testimony on important tax policy, advocated for essential investments in Indian Country, and worked with a broad coalition to pass HB 658, continuing Montana's Medicaid expansion. In May, MBPC travelled the state to attend four Legislative Session Wrap Up events hosted by Montana Women Vote and Forward Montana.

Below is a recap of the work that we shared with partner organizations, community members, and volunteers at these events.

State Revenue & Tax Policy

MBPC researches and advocates for sound tax policy that is fair to taxpayers living on low- and middle-incomes and also brings in sufficient revenue to provide the public programs, services, and infrastructure essential to maintaining healthy communities and families.

During the 2019 legislative session MBPC:

Social Safety Net & Health Care Access

Montana should be a state where everyone has the opportunity to benefit from a growing economy. Ensuring Montana citizens have affordable, accessible health care and access to paid family and medical leave is critical to reaching this goal.

During the 2019 Legislative session MBPC:


MBPC is dedicated to studying how housing instability impacts low-income residents and developing policy solutions that support inclusive and economically viable communities.

During the 2019 legislative session MBPC:

State-Tribal Policy

MBPC has a special focus on state-tribal policy to promote sound fiscal and budget policy that can help reverse the history of economic injustice that has led many American Indians to unacceptable levels of poverty, unemployment, and poor health.

During the 2019 legislative session MBPC:


Investing state and local resources in our children and our schools produces short-term and long-term dividends for Montana’s economy as a whole.

During the 2019 legislative session MBPC:



Montana Budget & Policy Center

Shaping policy for a stronger Montana.

MBPC is a nonprofit organization focused on providing credible and timely research and analysis on budget, tax, and economic issues that impact low- and moderate-income Montana families.