Montana's Budget Shortfall and Problems
Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+1549) 2 months ago
For those who are following the big budget problem Montana is facing caused by projected revenue shortfalls, here are a couple of articles that explain the situation -- how we got to this point, and who will be impacted by the proposed deep cuts:

"Why Were Montana's Budget Assumptions So far Off? Depends on Who You Ask" by Holly K. Michels, Helena Independent Record, September 18, 2017

http://helenair.com/why-w...876b3.html

"Proposed Budget Cuts Would Hit Hard, Statewide" by Holly K. Michels and Rob Rogers, Helena Independent Record, October 1, 2017

http://helenair.com/news/...b1e12.html

The Montana Budget and Policy Center has this to say about the situation:

http://montanabudget.org/...-FINAL.pdf
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+10122) 2 months ago
This was long coming, anyone with a smidgen of intelligence knew that the Republicans were underestimating revenue in order to back door budget reductions. My fervent hope is that some of the slower Republican voters (of which there are many) will lose benefits and wonder what happened. But I am not holding my breath, nothing is as dumb as a non rich Republican.
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Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+1549) one month ago
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Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+1549) one month ago
It turns out that if the tax cuts enacted by Montana's Legislature in 2003 had not happened, Montana would be almost $1 billion in the black today.

Read more at:

http://www.montanabudget....n-montana/

"Montana Tax Policy Needs Solutions, Not Sound Bites" by Shane Morigeau, The Missoulian, October 13, 2017

http://missoulian.com/opi...1673a.html
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Posted by Earl Bennett (+371) one month ago
Seems just a couple yrs back we were $300 million in the black. Way closer to now than 2003... I have to admit their current situation sucks, hard to spend money you don't have. At least in my budget. There is still
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Posted by Rob Shipley (+392) one month ago
Sincerely agree with Gunnar and Earl Bennett. I write from personal experience, that is, my dad's experience when he was one (1) of five (5) commissioners of the Montana Fish and Game Department from 1952 to 1960.
A close friend, Gene Sherman, a warden with the F&G in Bozeman, alerted my dad there was a ring of thieves in the department in the western parts of Montana, Ennis, Polson and Kalispell. Dad took this information to his very close pal, Governor Hugo Aronson. Ship explained "someone" was helping themselves to cases of motor oil, spare tires, boats, tools, chains, etcetera all at department and taxpayer expense. This was investigated,stopped, and several severe reprimands were meted out. All Dad received were two (2) anonymous telephone death threats here in Miles City.
But, the point is this. Government at any and all levels sucks and sucks very, very, very badly. If we weren't all buried doling out $185,000 plus (+) annually to our do nothing Congress we'd all have a lot more money.
If the IRS scam was eliminated we'd all remain wealthy as per the 630 verses in the Holy Bible where Father GOD has made covenants that it is His desire we all achieve wealth in order to care for our lesser blessed brothers and sisters in Christ.
*** In 1957 in Montana, the F&G Department did NOT have, did NOT have, a general inventory of all the equipment it owned. No one knew how many typewriters, tires, boats, cars, pickups, badges, desks, file cabinets there were in any of the fifty-six (56) counties where the F&G operated and held legal jurisdiction. ***
Duh?
After the Sherman-Shipley-Aronson ordeal there became a General Inventory throughout the Montana Fish and Game Department.

Thank you, Rob Shipley
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