The Montana Budget

Montana Budget Update: Where Do We Go from Here?

September 7, 2017
The recent decline in state revenue threatens Montana’s ability to adequately invest in the public institutions and services that educate our children, keep our communities safe, and provide health care and other services to our most vulnerable neighbors. Between January and July 2017, legislative action has resulted in $218 million in general fund cuts, and it appears more cuts are on the horizon which will impact every part of the state budget.

Investing in Montana’s Working Families: A Montana Earned Income Tax Credit

September 27, 2016
In Montana, thousands of families are working hard for low pay and often struggling to get by. One of the most promising opportunities to support working families and boost our economy is the enactment of a state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

The Montana We Could Be: Tax cuts, aimed at the rich, take a toll

July 19, 2016
Montana today could be a more prosperous state. Through investments by our state, we could have more modern schools, better roads, updated water and sewer systems, and a greater access to a college education. Our state does not have these things – not because of a natural disaster or a financial crisis brought on by things out of the state’s control.

Helping People Balance Work and Family: It’s Within Montana’s Reach

June 29, 2016
Almost every employee experiences a temporary or extended illness, the birth of a child, or caregiving responsibilities for a sick family member, forcing the employee to take time off from work. However, the United States remains the only industrialized economy in the world that does not guarantee paid leave for new mothers or a paid sick leave standard, and one of a handful that does not guarantee leave for new fathers. 

Recap: Montana’s 64th Legislative Session

October 28, 2015
The quality of life we enjoy in our state is directly connected to the public systems and structures we have created over many decades. Our parks and trails, quality schools, and reliable roads make our communities great places to live and work.

Recap: Montana’s 64th Legislative Session: Investments in Montana’s Future and Missed Opportunities

June 9, 2015
The quality of life we enjoy in our state is directly connected to the public systems and structures we have developed over many decades. Our parks, quality schools, and reliable roads make Montana a great place to live and work. The state budget created during the 2015 legislative session will, for the most part, invest new dollars into our local communities to help our neighbors and friends.

Montana Communities Cannot Afford the Oil and Gas Tax Holiday

February 20, 2015
In 1999, the legislature created a tax break for oil and gas companies that lowers the taxation of oil and gas production during the most profitable period of extraction. At the time, proponents of the tax break claimed that it would encourage economic development in Montana’s resource-rich areas, a claim unsupported by the facts.

Initiative 172: Charter Refuses to Pay Its Fair Share

June 9, 2014
Initiative 172 (I-172) is a fiscally irresponsible ballot measure that will benefit one out-of-state corporation, take money away from our schools and universities, and raise property taxes for Montana homeowners and small businesses.  I-172 sets a dangerous precedent of using the citizens’ ballot initiative to lower corporate taxes, and sets the stage to dismantle centrally-assessed taxation of statewide corporations operating in Montana.

Montana’s Budget: Missed Opportunities

December 8, 2013
The 2013 legislative session was an incredible opportunity for Montana, an opportunity to reinvest in our state following a 2011 Legislature that proposed damaging and unnecessary budget cuts. It was a chance to wisely invest a $435 million budget surplus in ways that help our families boost our economy.

2013 State-Tribal Legislative Impacts

September 19, 2013
Photo courtesy of Laura John   In 2012, Montana Budget & Policy Center launched a collaborative project to improve access to information on how budget and policy decisions impact Montana’s Native Americans.  State and federal budgets both play a significant role in relieving poverty and building economic opportunity in Indian Country and have a significant impact on the lives of American Indians living both on and off reservations in Montana.