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Steve Bullock on Budget & Economy

Democratic Presidential Challenger (withdrawn); MT Governor

 


Veto any budget in the red

I am hopeful that the Legislature now appreciates that my insistence on leaving a $300-million ending fund balance isn't just whimsy. It's what Montanans expect. It is why, even in the face of declining commodity prices over these past two years, our bond ratings remain high--and you all got to stay home between sessions.

In 2013, you learned I will veto spending if you send me a budget that's in the red. In 2015, we crafted a budget together that worked for Montana, and that left money in the bank for rainy days. I ask you to do that again.

And just as I insist you balance our budget and leave money in the bank, I will insist that our state agencies be as careful with the money they are given as Montana families are with their own. That's why, even before the Legislature came to town, we trimmed $102 million dollars of spending. That's why, even after the Legislature leaves town, I will continue to challenge our agencies to be careful stewards of hard-working families' tax dollars.

Source: 2017 State of the State address to Montana Legislature , Jan 24, 2017

Be responsible, because our children are watching

What I ask of you tonight is simple and straightforward:
  1. Be responsible with our budget, because I won't allow you to spend more than we take in or make cuts that undermine our long-term stability.
  2. Join me in focusing on creating jobs, investing in education, and making government more effective; and
  3. Lastly, act in a manner that we're not ashamed to have our children watching...because they are.
Source: 2013 State of the State Address to Montana legislature , Jan 30, 2013

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