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Legislative Fiscal Division

Analysts: Surplus $6M higher than projected

HELENA — Analysts estimate the state's general-fund surplus at the end of the two-year budget cycle will be nearly $6 million more than previously projected.

March 14, 2014 10:25 amLoading…

State revenue picture is stable

HELENA — State tax collections are holding steady with a slight increase in revenues over last year, Legislative Fiscal Division officials said at the Montana Taxpayers Association annual meeting Thursday.

December 05, 2013 10:28 pmLoading…

Costly Montana Medicaid computer project behind schedule

HELENA — The rollout of an expensive, new computer program that will run complicated Montana Medicaid payments is behind schedule and has forced the lead contractor to seek an extension.

October 13, 2013 10:17 amLoading…

State surplus up for 2013 fiscal year

HELENA — State government’s general fund surplus for the fiscal year that ended June 30 was nearly 24 percent, or $102.4 million, more than estimated, a report from the Legislative Fiscal Division released Thursday showed.

September 26, 2013 4:05 pmLoading…

Montana tax collections higher than expected

HELENA — Montana tax collections through the end of May have exceeded expectations, with revenue up 11 percent, but state spending is expected to jump more than 14 percent over the next budget cycle, fiscal analysts said Tuesday.

June 11, 2013 3:08 pm Related Loading…
Bullock signs major spending bills; budget director to run final numbers on Tuesday

Bullock signs major spending bills; budget director to run final numbers on Tuesday

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock on Monday signed into law some major spending bills to fix Montana’s troubled pension systems, raise state employees’ salaries and pay for some new and renovated university system buildings.

May 06, 2013 9:29 pm Related Loading…

Gazette opinion: Budget crunch time calls for compromise

Ten workdays remain for the Montana Legislature to complete the state’s two-year budget as well as major education, health care, public pension, infrastructure and tax reform bills.

April 16, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Horse Sense: With 1 month to go at Legislature, budget precariously out of balance

Horse Sense: With 1 month to go at Legislature, budget precariously out of balance

HELENA — Remember those glory days in January when the Montana’s state treasury was stuffed with cash?

March 31, 2013 12:15 am Related Loading…
Some lawmakers say tax cut bills may be whittled down to meet budget needs

Some lawmakers say tax cut bills may be whittled down to meet budget needs

HELENA — With Republicans spearheading the effort, legislators are seeking to cut taxes by nearly a half billion dollars.

March 16, 2013 7:00 pm Photos

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Bullock applauds legislative frugality talk, urges caution on spending

Bullock applauds legislative frugality talk, urges caution on spending

HELENA — Turning the tables, Gov. Steve Bullock said Wednesday that Republican legislators have been the statehouse’s biggest spenders this year, not Democratic lawmakers or himself.

February 20, 2013 11:15 am Related Loading…

Guest opinion: Time to pay up - Montana urgently needs a public pension fix

Our governor and legislative leaders have recognized the state’s pension shortfalls as a problem. That’s encouraging. Now it is time to take the opportunity of our state’s healthy fiscal condition to make much- needed changes to the plan. It is time that the Legislature and the executive bra…

January 13, 2013 12:05 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Get along to get numbers in Helena

There’s a problem between the Montana’s legislative fiscal office and the governor’s budget office.

November 30, 2012 12:10 amLoading…

Johnson quits as Montana revenue forecaster

HELENA — Terry Johnson, the Legislature’s longtime chief revenue estimator, has resigned his job with the Legislative Fiscal Division, effective Nov. 30.

November 21, 2012 7:00 pmLoading…

Public Health Dept reverts $28M in unspent funds

HELENA — The state's largest agency, the Department of Public Health and Human Services, is returning nearly $28 million of unspent funds to the state treasury from fiscal year 2011 — about $17 million more than had been expected.

September 01, 2011 4:30 pmLoading…
Gazette opinion: State's fiscal fitness tied to federal decisions

Gazette opinion: State's fiscal fitness tied to federal decisions

Montana had a “banner year,” ending June with $340 million in the bank and a 9.55 percent revenue growth over prior year, Gov. Brian Schweitzer said last week.

July 31, 2011 12:10 amLoading…

Schweitzer accuses GOP of tamping down revenue estimates

HELENA — Gov. Brian Schweitzer on Thursday accused Republicans of pressuring an independent legislative office to keep state revenue estimates artificially low so GOP lawmakers can make big cuts in education, human services and education budgets.

February 17, 2011 7:42 pmLoading…

Brouhaha flares over partisan budget plans

HELENA — The ongoing budget and revenue dispute between Gov. Brian Schweitzer and Republicans flared up Thursday, with the governor declaring he thinks in the end that GOP leaders will have to fund education and social services to levels he finds adequate.

February 17, 2011 2:15 pm Related Loading…

Democrats to announce own improved revenue estimates

HELENA — Senate Democrats have called a press conference for Wednesday morning to present their own revised revenue estimates that will be higher than what the legislative revenue estimates are.

February 15, 2011 6:43 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Take a close look at state staffing

“State hires nearly 1,000 more full-time employees since 2004.” That headline on Monday's front page surely caused Gazette readers to pause over their morning coffee.

February 04, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Montana's chief optimist delivers pro-business pitch

Gov. Brian Schweitzer had better financial news to announce in Wednesday's State of the State speech than he did two years ago when the Legislature last convened and revenue projections were shrinking fast.

January 28, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

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