Budget cuts proposed by Montana agencies

January 29, 2010 9:50 pm

HELENA — Here are some of the major cuts proposed by state agencies Friday:

• The Corrections Department proposed eliminating a 40-bed pre-release center in northwest Montana, saving $2.4 million.

• Corrections proposed reducing the capacity by 20 percent in adult community corrections programs, saving $365,000.

• Corrections is reducing juvenile placement funds, saving $300,000.

• The Office of Public Instruction proposed cutting school district block grants, saving $2.1 million.

• OPI proposed reducing the school facilities fund, saving $1.8 million.

• Office of Public Defender proposed $990,951 to reduce or eliminate services, but did not elaborate.

• The Justice Department proposed cutting its funds for major litigation, saving $660,763.

• Justice proposed dropping its balance for consumer protection payments, which usually go for consumer education, saving $330,785.

• Justice proposed reducing its spending on the Montana Meth Watch media campaign, saving $200,000.

• The Department of Public Health and Human Services proposed eliminating fiscal year 2011 provider rate increases for disability services, children’s mental health, senior and long term care, adult mental health and other programs, saving $7 million.

• The health department proposed capping the Big Sky Rx program, saving $1.8 million.

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