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Montana: Special Session Ends
November 16, 2017

Lawmakers completed their special session this morning, after reaching a compromise deal to address a projected $227 million budget deficit caused by less-than-expected revenues and a heavy fire season. Specifically, legislators settled on a plan to take in $94 million through fund transfers and delayed payments, $30 million through other fees, and legislation to furlough certain state employees (estimated to save $15 million).

Also passed were changes in liquor licensing procedures, a bill to make Governor Steve Bullock’s (D) spending cuts permanent, and the elimination of $13 million in block grants for school districts.

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