Posted: May 6, 2013 3:05 PM by Marnee Banks - MTN News
HELENA - Monday marks a critical deadline for Gov. Steve Bullock as he is forced to make a decision on more than 70 bills. Many of the bills that are still pending action involve large amounts of state spending.
The Legislature sent the governor hundreds of bills on the final day of the session and now Bullock must decide whether or not he wants to sign them.
Among the hot topics are two bills that attempt to shore up the $4 billion shortage in the state's pension system.
Also waiting action is the state pay plan, a bill that funds several state construction projects and a bill which lowers the business equipment tax.
Bullock's Budget Director Dan Villa told us on Friday the governor would be forced to make tough decisions to bring the state's budget into balance.
When the Legislature adjourned it left the budget $20 million of balance and kept $180 in the state's bank account.
Villa tells us through Bullock's vetoes he will bring that ending fund balance up to $300 million.