Montana GOP leaders balk at cuts, special session, saying it's too early to claim a 'budget problem'

October 12, 2017

The Republican leaders in the Legislature on Wednesday questioned the necessity of proposed across-the-board 10 percent cuts to nearly every agency in state government, saying it's too early and there's not enough information to act yet.

"We're only three months into the state fiscal year," said Rep. Austin Knudsen, a Republican from Culbertson who served as Speaker of the House in the last legislative session. "We're set to get a revenue update in November. At that point we'll have some income tax and property tax starting to roll into the state, and we should have a better picture of what the state revenue picture is like."