Legislators Listen in Billings Thursday
KTVQ.com reports that Montanans are concerned about what state budget cuts will mean for health services, and they spoke out during a legislative listening session Thursday night at the St. Vincent Mansfield Health Education Center in Billings. Eight legislators came to hear from their constituents. According to The Arc Montana, approximately $240 million are proposed to be cut from the budget.
About $105 million could be cut from the state’s general fund, which would lead to $135 million lost in federal funds earmarked for health services. More than 25 out of the 120 people testified against making cuts to the state budget. The Arc Montana and Parents Let’s Unite for KIds hosted the last of four listening session across Montana. They say case management, early intervention for children with disabilities and optional dental for dentures would be eliminated.