State budget cuts to health and human services reach nearly $100 million

These next few weeks, MBPC will be sharing more information on how the recent budget cuts are impacting Montana families and communities. It’s important to remember that the cuts that we face as a result of the special session in November are on top of cuts that were taken during the regular session and additional cuts triggered this summer.

FMLA turns 25, but Montana still needs policies to balance family & work

This week marks the 25th anniversary of the enactment of the Family Medical and Leave Act (FMLA), our nation’s unpaid leave law. Much has changed since 1993 and today working Americans need paid leave in order to balance work and home demands. During the 2017 legislative session, MBPC worked with the Time for Montana coalition to attempt to pass a Montana family medical leave insurance (FAMLI) program.

State Budget Cuts: Community Impact Series

Nineteen state DPHHS outreach offices have closed. What does this mean for Montanans? This blog is the first in a series to identify community impacts of state budget cuts – and how these cuts impact the lives of everyday Montanans. We’ll start with the cut within the Department of Health and Human Services (DPHHS), which has resulted in the closure of more than half of the state’s outreach offices that serve rural, low-income Montanans in the central and eastern part of the state.

A Recap of 2017 and the Work Still Ahead

For MBPC, like many of you, 2017 has been a fast-paced, intense year, and 2018 is already looking to be another busy one. As we reflect on this past year and the work ahead, we also want to thank the many Montanans who have supported our work. We have witnessed a state budget crisis, which led to massive cuts in our collective investments in education, health care, and other critical public services.

Latest reports

February 5, 2018
In November 2017, the legislative special session resulted in approximately $120.7 million in state general fund cuts to agencies. These are on top of cuts that were taken during the regular session and additional cuts triggered this summer.
November 20, 2017
Tribal self-sufficiency and self-government depend upon a tribe’s ability to raise revenue and regulate its territory—and the power to tax plays an essential role in this. 
October 2, 2017
The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides vital coverage for thousands of Montana’s children. Federal funding, however, expired at the end of September 2017, jeopardizing financial stability for families and for the state.

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