Legislative Fiscal Division
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HELENA — Remember those glory days in January when the Montana’s state treasury was stuffed with cash?
HELENA — With Republicans spearheading the effort, legislators are seeking to cut taxes by nearly a half billion dollars.
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.
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…
There’s a problem between the Montana’s legislative fiscal office and the governor’s budget office.
HELENA — Terry Johnson, the Legislature’s longtime chief revenue estimator, has resigned his job with the Legislative Fiscal Division, effective Nov. 30.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.