MSU waits on impacts of special session


BOZEMAN, Mont. - Eleven bills are ready for Gov. Steve Bullock's signature following the special legislative session.

Montana State University officials are waiting to find out what budget cuts made at the special session will mean for them.

The Montana University System as a whole went into the session standing to lose $45 million. That number is now down to $4.5 million, according to MSU.

Michael Becker, director for the MSU News Service, said the Board of Regents will be tasked with sorting out how to deal with the cuts.

"It has to go to the Board of Regents to decide how that $4.5 million is going to be split across the entire eight units of the university system. Then we'll know how MSU will be affected, but like I say we're very confident here at MSU that we're going to be able to absorb these cuts.

Becker said he does not anticipate any major impacts to teachers and staff or any tuition increases.

Bullock has 10 days to either sign or veto bills passed in the special session. He is expected to veto a bill that would authorize state employee furloughs.

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