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Montana GOP majority expands special session on budget, transgender issues -Governor Bullock already making budget cuts

November 15, 2017View for printing

Republicans used their majority power Tuesday to expand the agenda at the Montana Legislature's special session on the state budget - including a bill to essentially block a Bullock administration rule making it easier for transgender citizens to change their gender status on birth certificates.

As expected, GOP lawmakers expanded the session to include a half-dozen additional budget- and health-care-related items they outlined earlier this week, such as extending the state's 2.75 percent health-insurance premium tax to additional companies and an extension of a private-prison contract.

By Mike Dennison - MTN News

http://www.kpax.com/story/36843602/g ... nder-issues

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Bullock’s surprise: He’s already making budget cuts

Shortly after the Montana House convened in special session on Tuesday, Gov. Steve Bullock, in a surprise announcement, said he was immediately implementing $76.6 million in general-fund budget cuts.

Bullock originally hadn’t planned to make the budget cuts until after the special session adjourned.

However, the leaders of the Republican-controlled House and Senate added Bullock’s budget cuts to their expansion of the governor’s original call. Some GOP leaders raised doubts over whether Bullock would actually make the cuts. The governor surprised them Tuesday by doing just that.

By: Chuck Johnson

http://lastbestnews.com/site/2017/11 ... udget-cuts/
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