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Montana Governor Bullock says he'll veto state worker furloughs, may not renew prison contract

November 17, 2017View for printing

Gov. Steve Bullock said Thursday he expects to veto a bill passed in the special legislative session directing the executive branch of state government to furlough certain employees to save $15 million over the next two years.

Hours after the Legislature adjourned, the Democratic governor told reporters that House Bill 8, sponsored by Rep. Barry Usher, R-Billings, was riddled with legal problems and "was pretty half-baked and in many respects, fairly silly."

Bullock added that the bill, aimed at employees making more than $50,000 annually, amounts to "playing politics with people's lives."

By Chuck Johnson

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