Two State Retirement Systems Not Actuarially Sound, Report Says
State lawmakers will receive the legislative audit report Wednesday morning. It says that two public retirement plans are not actuarially sound, meaning the plans will take longer than the 30 years required by law to have enough money to cover the cost of anticipated future retirements.
Budget Cuts Will Dismantle Montana's Community Services, Disability Advocates Say
A group of disability rights advocates are calling on Governor Steve Bullock to immediately backfill some of the more than $49 million in cuts to the state health department made during the special legislative session last year. But, the governor’s office says it doesn’t have the power to do that.
Montana Offers New Apprenticeships For Brain Injury Care
Montana ranks among the top three states in the nation per capita for traumatic brain injuries, according to industry workers and advocacy groups. Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, include strokes, brain infections, or a hit to the head that causes brain damage.
Now that Montana is a few months removed from a special legislative session called by Governor Bullock to balance the state budget, Montana Public Radio is checking in with Democratic and Republican legislative leaders to get their thoughts on what’s happened since they left Helena.
1,300 Montana Executive Branch Jobs Currently Unfilled
There are currently more than 1,300 unfilled jobs in Montana executive branch agencies. It’s still unclear exactly how many of those positions are being kept open as a result of the state’s budget shortfall.
The budget state lawmakers passed last year authorizes more than 13,000 employees in administrative agencies like the state departments of health, corrections and transportation.
Republican Finance Leader Ballance On State Budget Cuts
We’ve been reporting a lot on the budget cuts Governor Steve Bullock’s administration has been making as a result of a more than $200 million state budget shortfall. The cuts are the result of bills passed in the regular and special legislative sessions in 2017.
Since then political leaders on both sides of the aisle have been distancing themselves from some of the impacts of those decisions.
Negotiations between the state and companies that help people with developmental disabilities seem to be at a dead end. This after some lawmakers urged the state health department not to end contracts with the companies due to budget cuts.