Governor Steve Bullock today welcomed members of Montana’s 66th Legislature.
“To the members of the 66th Legislature: ‘Welcome.’ We share the distinct honor and great responsibility of serving those who have placed their trust in us. Before any of us are Democrats or Republicans, we are Montanans,” said Governor Bullock. “Our fellow Montanans elected us to serve, not to score political points or look towards the next election. And I’m optimistic Montana can still be a shining example for the country of how our political system is supposed to work. I look forward to rolling up our sleeves and passing a budget that is fiscally responsible, that reflects the values of our state and that builds on the progress we’ve made these last several years.”
In November 2018 Governor Bullock released his budget proposal for the 2021 biennium. The governor’s budget insists on fiscal responsibility through a balanced budget that leaves a meaningful reserve for a rainy day, while preserving investments made in recent years into the state’s economy and the health and well-being of Montanans. The governor’s budget emphasizes four main priority areas:
- Ensuring fiscal responsibility by maintaining Montana’s reserve for a rainy day and increasing revenue to modernize Montana’s economy;
- Investing in education to maintain Montana’s competitiveness through targeted investments;
- Protecting healthcare and our rural communities by maintaining Montana Medicaid, protecting healthcare for Montanans, the businesses that rely on Medicaid to provide healthcare for their employees, and supporting rural communities;
- Creating jobs and building infrastructure by building Montana through sustainable investments.