Thursday, January 20, 2011

Spending cuts too deep

Posted on Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 4:00 AM

On day eight of the Montana Legislature, partisan politics resulted in drastic cuts to human services, education and state infrastructure. Over $30 million in health and human services, over $70 million in education funding—all gone with little public input, little consideration of lost federal funding, little consideration of the real human cost to Montana communities and families. Cuts to Medicaid alone could impact almost 3,000 jobs across Montana—nurses, doctors and other service providers. Cuts to preventative healthcare, such as family planning, foster care services, disability services and prescription drug coverage for seniors, will result in higher costs in other programs.

With so many legislators brand-new to this process, why would they enact cuts before even understanding the programs at stake, the cost of human lives and the effects on Montana’s economy? At a time when revenue is increasing, our economy is recovering, and our state has substantial “cash in the bank,” these drastic cuts make no sense. Legislators are entrusted with making critical decisions that affect our families, our communities and our collective future. The cuts are not only unnecessary, but expensive. Making a political point to the detriment of our children, our seniors and our disabled citizens is unconscionable.

Stacey Anderson

Planned Parenthood of Montana


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