RALLY AGAINST DEVASTATING BUDGET CUTS TO STUDENTS, SENIORS, and MONTANANS WITH DISABILITIES!
In early action during the session, THE LEGISLATURE MADE DEEP CUTS TO THE BUDGET, TOTALING NEARLY $450 MILLION. These cuts hurt real people in our state. Programs being cut help abused children, university and tribal college students, seniors, and individuals with disabilities.
These early cuts include:
- Over $90 million in reductions to Health and Human Services with the MAJORITY FROM SENIOR AND LONG TERM CARE, affecting benefits to seniors and people with disabilities who need assistance staying in their own home or in a nursing home. Nearly $2.5 million to Disability Services, which includes children’s mental health services and services for people with disabilities.
- Over $23 million in cuts to Montana’s colleges and universities. If these cuts remain in the budget, students could face DOUBLE DIGIT TUITION RATE INCREASES as well as cuts to university programs and student services.
- A loss of $193 million in federal highway funds because of insufficient funding in the state special revenue account that funds Department of Transportation.
- $2.5 million in cuts to the Department of Military Affairs, including reductions in funding for regional hazardous materials response teams responsible for conducting training and response exercises with local Montana communities.
Instead of cutting these essential programs that help individuals and communities in all parts of our state, there are many alternatives. Let's make our voices heard in Great Falls and across Montana!