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State budget cuts mean about 200 clients of one of Montana’s largest mental health care providers could lose their services next month. That’s according to employees of Western Montana Mental Health Center, who say they’re losing their jobs.

Employees say they were told yesterday that they’ll be out of a job in January.

A new union that formed in response to state budget cuts is now charging their employer with unfair labor practices. Adult mental health caseworkers accuse a state contractor of not bargaining in good faith.

The union, which formed in September, filed an unfair labor practice complaint Friday with the National Labor Relations Board.

This month Montanans saw bigger property tax bills. That’s because this spring state lawmakers cut block grants to schools in order to save the state $29 million amid the ongoing budget crisis.

The elimination of the block grants to schools was spurred by the state’s more than $200 million budget crisis

Office of the governor, budget and program planning.
William Marcus

The maneuvering to fix the state budget is still playing out following the special session earlier this month as some key pieces have yet to slide into place.

Lawmakers left the state Capitol about a week and a half ago with a package of bills that filled the state's projected $227 million budget shortfall. As a result of some of that work, Governor Steve Bullock announced Monday that state’s credit rating remains strong.

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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.

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