MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today released his budget proposal for the 2019 biennium. The budget builds on Montana’s fiscal strength and proposes responsible investments that will allow the state’s economy to grow by investing in infrastructure, supporting job creation, ensuring tax fairness, promoting educational opportunities and expanding access to quality and affordable healthcare for hard-working middle-class Montana families.
“This budget is a reflection of Montana values,” Governor Bullock said. “Montanans expect our state’s leaders to live within our means and make responsible decisions about our state finances. They expect us to invest in areas that help grow our state’s economy and ensure the economic and socioeconomic well-being of our friends, families, and neighbors.”
“My budget offers a steady vision for Montana’s future. I look forward to bringing Republicans and Democrats together once again to make responsible investments that benefit Montanans for generations – long beyond the tenure of any governor or legislator,” Bullock continued.
Governor Bullock will continue to insist on a fiscally responsible budget.
- The General Fund should have a $300 million ending fund balance on June 30, 2019.
- The General Fund budget should have a structural surplus, meaning the State should spend less than it is projected to take in.
- Legislation should follow the same fiscal standards as the Executive branch to gain Executive support.
“Let me be very clear – I will not accept a budget that puts Montana’s fiscal health in jeopardy and that fails to fulfill our obligations to the people of Montana,” Bullock said. “Our children, families, seniors, small businesses, and many more Montanans expect their elected officials in Helena to do the work of a government that works for them – not against them.”
Bullock also called on the Legislature to pass an infrastructure bill as the first bill of the session.
“The first order of business of the upcoming Legislature is to pass an infrastructure bill. By working together, we can ensure that Montana’s roads, bridges, water and wastewater systems and schools get the critical investments they need,” Bullock said. “Montanans have waited too long. It’s time to put Montana jobs ahead of Montana politics and get this done.”
Governor Bullock in April 2016 launched his plan, Build Montana, to fund millions of dollars of critical infrastructure needs across Montana and create thousands of good-paying jobs now and for future generations of Montanans.