Presentations and Testimony

MBPC travels around the state giving presentations to a variety of organizations to arm them with accurate information on a range of state and federal budget policies. MBPC is present during the legislative sessions and interim committee meetings to provide legislators with information on policies that can improve the lives of low- to moderate-income families.

Montana Nonprofit Association 2018 Conference

Speakers: Heather O'Loughlin Co-Director, Montana Budget and Policy Center; Sarah Howell, Executive Director, Montana Women Vote In 2017, the state legislature cut over $350 million from the state budget. By the end of 2017, cuts to health and human services totaled $95 million in state funds, resulting in the loss of over $100 million in federal funds. These cuts have decimated many programs for Montana’s most vulnerable families, and nonprofits service providers across the state are facing greater pressure with fewer dollars. How did we get here? What might we expect in the 2019 session? How can nonprofits and the nonprofit sector play a greater role in advancing solid public policy that helps, not hurts, our families and our neighbors? This presentation will walk through actions taken during the session and how nonprofits can share their experiences to help fight for greater investments in our communities. Presenters will provide specific tools to engage its board, members, and others, and strategies to reach policymakers.


Montana League of Cities and Towns Presentation

This presentation"Overview of Montana Budget and Tax Structure" was given at the "Impacts of Statewide Cuts to Local Government" session at the Montana League of Cities and Towns Annual Conference on September 27, 2018 in Butte, Montana. The presentation provides an overview of the Montana state budget and focuses on the local impacts of statewide budget cuts taken in 2017. It was delivered by Heather O'Loughlin, Co-Director at Montana Budget and Policy Center.


Taxes and Revenue in Montana

This presentation is an in-depth review of taxes and revenue in Montana. It was given by Mike Kadas, the former director of the Department of Revenue.


Funding for Montana Health and Human Services

This presentation is on the budget and divisions within the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and how Medicaid works in Montana. It was delivered by Lois Steinbeck who worked for the Montana Legislative Fiscal Division for more than two decades, leading the division’s analysis on Medicaid and health and human services.


K-12 Education Finance: Formulas and Trends

This presentation details K-12 education finance in Montana. This presentation was delivered by Madalyn Quinlan, former chief of staff at the Montana Office of Public Instruction under three state superintendents.


Overview of Montana's Tax and Budget Structure

Montana's budget and tax structure can be complicated. This presentation give an overview of budget and tax policy in Montana, the various funds that make up Montana’s budget, and the steps the legislature takes to pass a budget. It was delivered by Heather O'Loughlin, co-director at MBPC. She made the presentation Jun  to legislative candidates in June 2018.

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.