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Special session adjourns: GOP leaders, governor agree on budget fixes

November 16, 2017View for printing

The Montana House and Senate adjourned the special legislative session early Thursday after Republican leaders and Gov. Steve Bullock agreed on a plan to fill the state budget and revenue gap with $231 million in cuts, transfers and other funds.

The total includes $32 million that CoreCivic has offered the state in exchange for renewing its 10-year contract with the company to operate the 664-bed private prison in Shelby.

Bullock called the special session to come up with $227 million to make up for a budget and revenue shortfall. He proposed coming up with one-third by budget cuts, one-third by fun transfers and one-third by tax increases.

By Chuck Johnson ... e-adjourns/


Montana Legislature: State budget bill passes both chambers

The Montana House and Senate each passed a budget bill Wednesday that incorporates Gov. Steve Bullock's reductions and earlier budget cuts triggered by lower than anticipated tax collections.

Over the protests of Democrats, the House passed House Bill 2 by a 59-41 party-line vote.

In the Senate, legislators approved HB2 on a mostly party-line vote.

By Chuck Johnson ... get-cuts-4/
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