The Great Falls Tribune reported on a meeting this morning between Governor Schweitzer and Republican leadership to discuss the budget and workers compensation. The GOP leadership appears to be continuing to try to pretend that we don’t have the funds available to fund schools and take care of seniors and the disabled, rather than admit openly that they support the cuts regardless. The top Republican priority appears to be the cost of workers compensation insurance to businesses:
Milburn and Peterson said high workers’ compensation rates were the number one concern raised by the business community at a listening session at the beginning of the session.
But the Governor urged the Republicans to make sure that changes to the system didn’t make the problem worse.