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Legislative Roundup – Week 2

MT Lawmakers Tackle Budget, Missing Persons, Sexual Abuse, and Firefighter Insurance in 2nd Week


January 25, 2019

Rep. Rae Peppers, D-Lame Deer and District 41, which covers much of PR County, smiles in the House chambers after her bill to streamline missing persons reporting passes its first vote 100-0 on Jan. 18, 2019. (Photo by Shaylee Ragar / UM Legislative News Service)

By Shaylee Ragar, Legislative News Service, University of Montana School of Journalism

Taxes, Rainy Day Fund On Tap for Budget Talks

While budget projections appear more secure than they were in the 2017 legislative session, long-standing rifts, particularly concerning taxes, still make the state's two-year budget a hot topic this session.

Unlike the previous session, the Legislative Fiscal Division and the Governor's Office have fairly close revenue estimates -- about $10 billion over two years. Gov. Steve Bullock called a special session two years ago when a historic fire season and...

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