After 18 years of trying to convert me to a carrot cake fan, Paul finally tried something ‘different’ this year. It was a nice, quiet New Years
Day/Birthday at home, which was a welcome reprieve from all the meetings and travel this past year. But when I logged on tonight I was blown away by all the Birthday wishes! You guys are awesome! Hope your New Year is awesome too!!!!
We were blessed to attend a very special Christmas party at the White House this year! PICTURED LEFT TO RIGHT: My son, my husband, the First Lady,
President Trump, and yours truly. What an honor it was to meet our great President & Mrs.
Senators discuss options for how to fill a projected $227 million hole in the state budget. It looks like the current proposal could have the
governor find $77 million in savings within state agencies by making cuts, $90 million could be transferred from over-funded state special revenue accounts, and we have various pieces of legislation moving through hearings and floor votes to find $60 million to rebuild the fund for wildfire
fighting which was depleted last summer. To come up with that $60 million for the fire fund some ideas floating around include extending the Civic Core contract with Shelby Prison (net gain of $32 million), reducing the soon to be closed Montana State Development Center budget, giving State Employees a 1 day furlough, changing liquor licenses from a lotteey to an auction system, possibly repealing some tax credits, implementing a 2% tax on non profit health insurance companies that are not paying taxes now, and collecting a management fee from the State Fund. After the governor failed to solve the problem over the last 4 months, he called the legislature into an emergency sepecial session this week. We are working hard to find a
workable balance as soon as possible and I think we are getting close.
Prayers would be appreciated!