The 61st Legislature faced the unenviable challenge of balancing the budget during a time of economic downturn and extreme revenue uncertainty. Despite a large influx of federal recovery act funding, some of the decisions made by the legislature may lead to cuts in vital programs like education and healthcare, either now or in the future. Many of the cuts are slated for the 2013 Biennium (July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013) and need not occur if the 62nd Legislature is willing to fill holes created by decisions of the 61st Legislature.
UPDATED Executive Summary (2/12/2010)
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.