Governor Schweitzer introduces 2015 biennium budget
Governor Brian Schweitzer introduced his final budget for the 2015 biennium today at the State Capitol.
He reminded those in attendance, the state is sitting on a $469,000,000 surplus. With the excess money, Schweitzer says the state government needs to focus on education
Schweitzer says, "It's probably the most important thing state government needs to do to get right because if there is anything that we can do for the next generation it is to help them become the best educated best trained work force on the planet."
He recommends $34,000,000 go toward a 2 year tuition freeze for Montana colleges and universities. The Governor also proposed a plan to spend $5,000,000 to expand Medicaid coverage for Montanans. Schweitzer also commented on his confidence in Governor Elect Steve Bullock and his plans for the budget surplus.
Schweitzer says, "He's suggesting that he'd like to send $400 back to every home owner in Montana, I think that's a good idea which is about a $100,000,000 bill, I think that's a smart thing to do. He'd like to cut the business equipment tax for small businesses of Montana, I think that is smart as well."
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Story by Jill Jagelski, Beartooth NBC.
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