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Average annual increase in State General Fund spending proposed in Gov. Greg Gianforte’s 2023-25 budget. That equates to about $122 million in new spending each year during the fiscal two-year period, which runs from July 2023 through June 2025, or about $111 per Montana resident. Gianforte Budget Director Ryan Osmundson argued in a news conference last week that the increase represents a “very conservative budget” given the economy’s rapid rate of inflation, estimated at 14% nationwide over the past two years by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics became.
The Session Preview: “Everybody Smiles, We Run the Shop”
After the 2022 election, Republicans will have a power not seen in the state capital for nearly a century. The governor released his budget. Lawmakers have chosen leadership and will arrive in Helena on January 2 to begin their work.
Montana 2022 election review
For the majority of candidates and voters, the 2022 midterm is over in Montana. But state and local election officials are still engaged in a post-election process designed to ensure accuracy and fairness.
Forest Service unveils Crazy Mountains’ land swap proposal
More than a year after the Crazy Mountain Access Project group submitted a land swap proposal to the Custer Gallatin National Forest, the public now has an opportunity to comment on the deal, which aims to consolidate checkerboard lands in the Crazy Mountains. If the swap is approved, the Forest Service will acquire 6,430 acres…