Steve Bullock

A fisherman in the Bitterroot River near Painted Rocks State Park.
Josh Burnham

Governor Steve Bullock has signed an executive order creating an advisory council on state parks.

Bullock’s order says the fiscal health of state parks remains a chronic problem, and the implementation of Montana’s plan for parks and recreation has not been fully undertaken or realized. 

Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s office is laying off about half a dozen staff positions and moving two to part time as a result of state budget cuts.

The layoffs include policy advisors, economic policy specialists, a front desk intern, and a citizens advocate. An analysts with the Governor's Budget and Program Planning office was laid off last month.

Crews work the July Fire in Phillips County, Montana July 5, 2017.

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.

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.

Budgets. (CC-BY-2.0)

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.