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SIDNEY HERALD Montana 7 WEDNESDAY, APRIL15, 2015 9A Knudsen discusses recent legislative action BY REP. AUSTIN KNUDSEN in our power to prevent a "free federal money" that : BY MATT ROSENDALE SffA[ER OF TH[ HOUS[ runaway state budget, we are crazy to reject. My STAT[ SENATOR I am sorry to report oneresponse is that the federal Greetings from Helena of the key components ofgovernment is $18 trillion in The endis in sight! The and the Montana Legisla- ObamaCare, state expansion debt (not including entitle- Senate completed work on ture. The Legislature is 20 of Medicaid, has passed this ment spending), and doesn't House Bill 2, the main fund- days from officially ending, Legislature in the form of have $700 million to give. ing bill for the budget, and and I am very busy with Senate Bill 405. I and the This is not our tax dollars passed the third reading m.y duties as Speaker of the Republican caucus have coming back to Montana on Saturday. Now the bill House. been adamantly opposed to -- on the contrary. Montana will go back to the House AsI write this, the Mon- th.is huge increase in state gets $1.40 back from the fed- for their acceptance of the tana House of Representa- welfare spending since the eral government for everyamendments. In reality, tives has debated and passed issue arose following the $1 in tax dollars we send. there are still several other House Bill 2, the state bud- federal passage of Obam-This $700 million in "free bills that we must complete get, across the House floor aCare. .money" is money borrowedwork on which contain and sent it on to the Mon- from other countries (some elements that must be ad- tana Senate. According to 'In the end, 1 and a unfriendly to the U.S.), and dressed in ns 2. the Montana Constitution, some day that debt will have Many of those bills pro- the Montana Legislature majority of the House to be paid back. Fundamen- vide the historical funding has only one legal du(y: to tally, the question is: are for wat6r and sewer projects pass a balanced state budget Republicans will do we OK With saddling ourlocated across the state. My every two years, children and grandchildren hope is that the Senate can Sounds easy, right? Don't everything in our power with that debt? pass those bills this week. spend more money than On another note, I am That will put us in a posi- we take in, right? Well, as pleased to report House Bill tion to appoint a confer- with most things political, toprevent a runaway 402, my eastern Montana oil- ence committee made up of it depends. We are setting,field impact infrastructure House and Senate members the total state budget for state nuaget." bill, is still alive. The bill to work out the coordination 2016 and 2017, but we don't passed the House by a large language and meld these know exactly how much margin, but is currentlyfinal documents into one. money the state will take Austin Knudsen tabled in the Senate Finance Once that is complete, hope- in revenue next year or the Speaker of the House and Claims committee, fully, both chambers will following. Therefore, we However, I am hopeful the accept the final product. have to estimate what we bill will be part of the final This week had several think the state will take in negotiations for the session, special events as it was the revenue in 2016 and 2017, Medicaid was originally and that we will be able to week prior to the former and base the state's budget implemented decades ago get some infrastructure legislators memorial ser- on that estimate, as health care coverage funding for our neck of-the vice. This is an event put on Here's the rub: not ev- assistance program for the prairie. As we all know, and each session to celebrate all eryone agrees on what the elderly, disabled, blind and as Ihave argued to the Leg- former legislators who have state's revenue for the next single parents. However, islature, eastern Montana passed away since the last. two years will be. It depends Medicaid expansion under has suffered severe impacts session. It is always bitter- on many things, like how ObamaCare is a wholesale due to the Bakken oilfield, sweet as we reflect on the much personal income taxes change in this decades-old House Bill 402 will provide friends we have lost and the the state takes in, how much policy, by extending Med- direct state funding to cit- service they provided to our corporate taxes the state icaid coverage to single, ies, towns, and countiesstate. takes in, property taxes, coal childless, able-bodied adults, for water, sewer, roads and This years' service began royalties, oil and gas royal- This was never the inten- other infrastructure. Ad- with dual eulogies about ties, state land leases, etq. tion of Medicaid. Currently, ditionally, the bill will send former Gov. Tim Babcock Usually, the Legislature's the state of Montana spends an additional percentage of and his wife, Betty, who non-partisan legislative fis- $350 million per year on the State's portion of the oil both passed since the last cal division prepares a rev- Medicaid. production tax back to this session. With Gov. Babcock's enue estimate. The bottom With Medicaid expansion fund for our local govern- funeral taking place only line is the governor's office under SB 405, the federal ments to fund infrastruc- a day before the service, has proposed a revenue es- government will pay all the ture. Again, I am working it was quite unique, and timate over for the next two costs of the increased Med- to make sure this bill is part certainly special, to have years that is astronomical, icaid population for the first of the final session negotia- them both memorialized on in an attempt to justify more two years, which will be tions. Sunday. Formally of Daw- state government spending approximately $700 million. My family and I are look- son County, the Babcocks over the next two years. However, after two years, ing forward to the end of the dedicated much of their The Legislature's non- the federal share begins to session and to getting back lives to serving the citizens partisan fiscal division . decrease, and within five home to Culbertson, hope- of Montana long after leav- analysts do not agree with years, Montana taxpayers fully by late April or early ing office. I count myself the governor's office rev- will have to pay an addition- May. As always, feel free among those fortunate ones enue estimate, nor do sev- al $250 million for this new, to contact me during thewho were able to know eral non-state government larger population of Med- session: austinforhouse@them. We attended the 2012 economists. In the end, I and icaid recipients. Support- yahoo.corn, 406-539-4268 or Republican National Con- a majority of the House Re- ers of Medicaid expansion via my Facebook page. vention together, one of 17 publicans will do everything argue this is $700 million in the Babcocks attended, and I was the benefactor of a rich oral history of Montana and American politics from the former Governor and first lady. I was asked to read the eulogy for Rep. David Halvorsofi, Sidney, who passed shortly after the 2013 session. I knew David well and was very proud to deliver the message. I had the good fortune to serve two sessions with David. One which he served as the reading clerk, and one as a legislator. David was a self- less public servant that had a tremendous respect for the Legislature. His election to the House of Representa- tives was the capstone of his service to the state. Richland & Roosevelt County April 6 -April 10 GompleUons: Roosevelt Tule Creek, East Weil Oil LLC SHL: SE NE 15-30N-48E (1947 FNL/325 FEL) EL 2485' GR Completed 2/5/2014 (OIL). TD 7595' IP BOPD/MCFPD/BWPD Nisku Well-Bridges 2 / andon Wells: Richland Ridgelawn Williston Industrial Supply Corporation SHL: NW NE SE 35-24N-59E (2480 FSL/1200 FEL) EL 1972' G Approved: 04/02/2015 Asbeck 1 Richland Vaux True Oil LLC Jensen 31-14 SHL: C NW NE 14-23N-58E (660 FNL/1980 FEL) EL 2186' GR Approved: 04/02/2015 Richland Wildcat Enerplus Resources USA Corporation Swiftcurrent-Marottek 11-3H SHL: NE NW 11-26N-51E (500 FNL/2175 FWL) EL 2050' GR Approved: 04/02/2015 Richland WildCat EOG Resources, Inc. 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