Bullock administration requesting 10% budget cuts from state agencies

HELENA – The Bullock administration Wednesday said it needs to cut the state budget by as much as $230 million, to put it back in balance, and asked state agencies to submit plans for 10 percent cuts by next week.

Dan Villa, the governor’s budget director, said the administration isn’t looking forward to making the cuts, but has little choice in the face of lagging tax revenue and ballooning costs from fighting forest fires.