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Rep. Greg Hertz (R) - HD12. Hertz is the speaker of the House at the Montana Legislature.
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Montana’s legislative session doesn’t start for another seven weeks, but state lawmakers met at the capitol Wednesday to elect political leaders in the state House and Senate. 

On tap for 2019: Another political face-off between the Republican majority in the House and Senate and Democratic Governor Steve Bullock - particularly over the future of Medicaid expansion in Montana. 

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — The state Department of Corrections is cutting 22 positions to trim its budget ahead of the 2019 legislative session.

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The Montana health department is proposing a $1-per-hour wage increase for direct-care workers for disability services. It’s part of Governor Steve Bullock’s plan to restore budget cuts enacted over the last two years. But not all the money that was cut is getting put back.

The University of Montana campus.
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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The University of Montana is planning to reduce its faculty by 58 members and cut its budget by $5 million by 2021.

The Missoulian reports provost Jon Harbor says the university expects to drop 12 percent of its faculty, but it aims to keep tenured members and those on track for tenure. 

More than 40 people came to the DPHHS hearing on Medicaid cuts Feb. 1, 2018 in Helena.
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When Montana lawmakers and the governor cut $49 million from the state health department earlier this year, it disrupted care for thousands of Montana’s most vulnerable residents. Over 100 case management jobs were cut. Now, the health department is meeting with contractors about the possibility of redesigning the system.

On Thursday the head of Montana’s health department will speak publicly about recent deep budget cuts. She’ll be on a panel with state lawmakers that a progressive political group in Helena is hosting. 

More than 40 people came to the DPHHS hearing on Medicaid cuts Feb. 1, 2018 in Helena.
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Health care providers who take care of some of the most vulnerable people in Montana say they’re thankful for state budget restorations, but they hope it’s just the start.

University of Montana Announces Program Cuts, Changes

Sep 27, 2018
University of Montana's Main Hall.
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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — University of Montana leaders announced budget cuts and reallocations as they work to match spending on instructors to total enrollment and interest in each area of study.

The budget reduction totals $5 million.

College deans and department chairs are tasked with meeting the budget goals by June 2021, and there could be retirements or layoffs.

Montana Behavioral Health Alliance Executive Director Mary Windecker testifies at a state health department listening session in Helena August 1, 2018.
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Access to mental health services, something already hard to get for some Montanans, took a step backward this year because of state budgeting issues.

In the wake of the budget cuts, 10 offices closed and over 100 behavioral health care workers lost their jobs, according to one count by the Behavioral Health Alliance of Montana, which represents more than 30 providers.

Governor Steve Bullock speaks at a Montana Association of Counties meeting in Missoula, September 19, 2018.
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Governor Steve Bullock told county government leaders Wednesday that a ballot initiative to increase Montana’s tobacco tax is the right thing to do for basic health-related reasons.

On Wednesday, Bullock warned a Montana Association of Counties meeting in Missoula of dire consequences if voters don’t approve Initiative-185.

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