The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

By Freddy Monares
UM Community News Service University of Montana School of Journalism 

Montana Lawmakers Weigh Bills Dealing With Child Abuse and Campaign Finance, Gov. Bullock Vetoes Legislator Pay Raise


February 8, 2017

Freddy Monares/UM Community News Service

"Today I'm disappointed that I'm compelled to offer an amendatory veto of the very first bill the legislature sent to me," says Gov. Steve Bullock regarding House Bill 1 at a press conference Thursday, Feb. 2. The bill would have increased legislators spending by 14 percent at a time Gov. Bullock says is not feasible. The governor sent the bill back to the House and Senate with a proposed 1.4 percent increase.

Gov. Steve Bullock vetoed the first bill of the Montana legislative session last week, reducing the proposed pay raise for legislators.

House Bill 1 would have increased the legislators' pay by 14 percent for the next legislative session. Bullock vetoed the bill with an amendment to increase pay only by 1.4 percent to coincide with the rate of inflation.

He said the state needs to "live within its means."

"At the same time that we're tightening the belt of the rest of government, the legislative branch sent me a bill to increase the spending of their branch of government by 14 percent," Bu...

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