Lawmakers: Balancing the budget means sharing pain
Local political leaders and social service providers are waiting for the next legislative session, which begins Monday, with bated breath. Whether it's through program cuts or tax increases, they say, the task of balancing the Montana budget is likely to affect everyone in the state.
"It's definitely going to be the 900- pound gorilla," said Rep. John Musgrove, D-Havre.
Most legislators agree that programs will have to be cut, and many feel it will take a combination of cuts and tax increases to eliminate the state deficit, estimated at more than $200 million.
Lori Evans, Child Care Link pr...