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Bullock To Deliver Final Montana State Of The State Address

Montana Governor Steve Bullock file photo.
Nick Mott
Montana Governor Steve Bullock file photo.

Gov. Steve Bullock will deliver his final State of the State address at 7 p.m. Thursday to a joint session of the Montana Legislature.

The Great Falls Tribune reports Bullock is expected to highlight legislative priorities for the current session, including passing a budget that provides a “meaningful reserve" for a rainy day.

The governor’s proposed budget included funds to continue a Medicaid expansion program that ensures 96,000 low-income residents and is scheduled to expire next year. $292 million would fund infrastructure projects, and $30 million would go toward early childhood education, leaving a $300 million ending balance.

Bullock also proposed raising an additional $50 million per year on tax increases to hotel rooms, rental cars, tobacco, liquor and investment advisors, a proposal the Republican-led legislature has called a “non-starter.”

State Sen. Scott Sales will offer a Republican response after Bullock’s speech.

Bullock will remain as governor until 2020, but the State of the State address is only given when the Legislature is in session.

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