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Montana State Fund

Hearing room at the Montana Capitol.
William Marcus

State lawmakers are considering dissolving the state workers compensation system, or turning it into a private entity.

A public workers compensation insurance fund is written into Montana’s constitution.

Montana House of Representatives.
MTPR

State lawyers want to move a case challenging part of the special session fix to balance the state budget to Lewis and Clark County. The lawsuit, filed in Lake County last week, calls a law plugging $30 million into the state’s budget gap unconstitutional.

Gavel.
(PD)

The Montana State Fund is suing to block a $30 million patch to the state budget passed by lawmakers last week. Attorneys for the state fund say the bill, currently waiting on the governor’s signature to become law, is unconstitutional.

Montana Capitol in Helena.
William Marcus

Montana lawmakers returned to Helena Monday to begin a special legislative session aimed at addressing the state's $227 million budget deficit. The governor has proposed filling the budget gap with a combination of cuts to state agencies and tax increases. But Republicans, who control both houses of the Legislature, have different plans.

Great Falls State Senator Ed Buttrey.
Corin Cates-Carney

A proposal to temporarily charge a fee for state management of Montana's workers' compensation fund drew strong opposition as lawmakers began a special session to address a $227 million budget shortfall.

The 3 percent management fee on Montana State Fund assets above $1 billion would raise an estimated $30 million.