Gov. Brian Schweitzer released his budget proposal for the biennium this afternoon. Among the highlights, according to the accompanying news release:
* General fund spending down 2.5 percent.
* $20 million for children's health insurance.
* $124 million increase in education funding.
* $25 million in one-time money to retrofit government buildings to make them more energy efficient.
* $250 million left in the bank at the end of the biennium.
“I know inflation is eating away at all of us," the governor said. "But I’ve said since last January that this session would feel like a belt-tightening one. But we’ll get through this as Montanans always have.”