MBPC’s Statement on Governor Schweitzer’s Proposed 2015 Budget

Today was a very good day for Montana’s families, communities, and economy. Governor Schweitzer’s proposed budget makes important investments in our essential programs and helps to make Montana more economically competitive by improving the health of our workforce and prioritizing public education.

The governor’s budget includes the expansion of Montana’s Medicaid program- a decision that will provide health care for tens of thousands of hardworking Montanans, from ranchers to restaurant workers, and create well-paying jobs across the state. Other than relatively small administrative costs associated with expanded eligibility, one hundred percent of the costs of this expansion are covered by the federal government for the first three years, allowing Montana’s leaders to find state-based solutions to our health care challenges and grow the program in a way that capitalizes on our state’s unique opportunities and characteristics. Read more of MBPC’s statement here.