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Crews work the July Fire in Phillips County, Montana July 5, 2017.
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The federal government has denied Montana’s request for $44 million dollars in disaster funding following the historic 2017 fire season that burned over a million acres across the state.

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At a moment when employers nationwide are seeking guidance to create safer work environments, Montana’s state agency tasked with enforcing discrimination protections is losing funding for trainings and investigations. 

The Montana Human Rights Bureau investigates complaints of harassment and discrimination in a variety of settings. The Bureau also provides education and training for employers and housing providers.

When low-income people need help getting food stamps, Medicaid and other benefits, they often go to Montana’s public assistance offices. But at the end of this month, more than half of these offices will permanently close because of state budget cuts. This includes one in Livingston, which serves more than 300 people every month.

A few days before Christmas the state health department announced it would end contracts with non-profit companies that help people with developmental disabilities. Now, an online petition posted last week protesting the cuts has gathered more than 11,000 signatures.

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Montana officials say the tax overhaul passed by Congress could mean a $46 million loss in state revenue, resulting in a possible special legislative session. There's also the chance the state could get sued by taxpayers.

But there is no consensus yet on the federal law’s impact in Montana.

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