Montana’s Budget: Missed Opportunities
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. In short, the 2015 budget could have represented a new, stronger direction for Montana. However, certain failures of the legislature, primarily the failure to expand Medicaid to 70,000 Montanans meant the 2015 budget did not live up to its potential.