Montana governor says he plans to veto employee furloughs
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says he plans to veto legislation that would furlough executive branch employees to raise at least $15 million over two years.
The Independent Record reports lawmakers were called to a special session that ended Thursday to address a $227 million budget shortfall caused by lower than expected state revenues.
The Democratic governor proposed splitting the shortfall into thirds with the governor making $76 million in cuts to state agencies, and the Legislature making up the rest from fund transfers and temporary tax increases.
Republican legislators refused tax increases and drafted a series a bills aiming to strong-arm the governor.
The governor’s proposed cuts were implemented on Tuesday, and Bullock says 50 to 100 people could lose their jobs.
Information from: Independent Record, http://www.helenair.com