Kelly McCarthy

Sally Mauk: Welcome to a special edition of "Capitol Talk" our political analysis program I'm Sally Mauk And I'm joined by University of Montana Political Science Professor Rob Saldin and veteran Capitol Reporter Chuck Johnson.

Chuck, the Legislature met in special session for three days this week to deal with a $227 million budget shortfall. And they've come up with a combination of cuts and transfers and fees to deal with it but not with any new tax increases as the governor had proposed. Republicans of course control the House and Senate, and Chuck they got a lot of what they wanted out of this special session.

Jackie Yamanaka

The gavel banged down shortly after 1 o’clock this morning to bring the special legislative session to a close after lawmakers passed a series of bills to address Montana's projected $227 million budget shortfall.

Montana Capitol, Helena, MT.
William Marcus

The Republican party’s keystone bill to patch the state budget passed Montana’s House and Senate Wednesday afternoon nearly along party lines.

House Bill 2 is a package of bills Republican leaders are pressing forward with. Democrats say HB 2 handcuffs them into choosing between the better of two evils. House Bill 2 is the Republicans’ plan to make permanent the $76 million in budget cuts Governor Steve Bullock put in place Tuesday.

Montana House Speaker Austin Knudsen at a Republican caucus press conference Tuesday
Corin Cates-Carney

Governor Steve Bullock’s outline for the special legislative session began to unravel yesterday as the Legislature's Republican majority moved their own plan for balancing the state budget

Gov. Bullock Signs 12 Bills Into Law, Including Caregiver Act

Mar 31, 2017
Rep. Casey Knudsen, R-Malta, left, looks on Friday as Gov. Steve Bullock signs a bill he carried that would define electric fences. This was Knudsen’s first bill signed into law, and one of 12 the governor signed this week.
Freddy Monares

Gov. Steve Bullock signed 12 bills into law this week passed by the Legislature, including one that would establish a program called the Caregiver Act, which lays out how hospitals communicate with people caring for patients.