by Rep. Roy Hollandsworth
The legislative session revolves around putting the state budget together and passing it. It is required by our state constitution that the legislature and governor pass a balanced budget every two years. The state budget is a complex thing. There are some similarities to your household budget and some significant divergences. This first article in a series on budget and spending attempts to outline the process that creates and adopts the budget of the state of Montana.
The public perception is that our government wastes our hard earned tax dollars and is awash in waste and unsupervised programs. We demand that our representatives reduce spending and complain that government spending increases every year.
We also have to recognize that the state and federal governments are in very different positions. The state of Montana regularly receives high evaluations for its fiscal health and operations while the federal government is in massive debt. Continue reading