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A Sensible Decision on the Montana Meth Project

I’m not convinced that the Meth Project deserves any government funding, but I was happy to see Governor Schweitzer’s decision to sensibly trim the state’s expenditure for the project by $500,000:

"Congress recently appropriated $1 million for the Montana Meth Project, and, consistent with my original proposal, House Bill 2, which will become law, appropriates $500,000 to the project for the coming biennium. Again, given these economically difficult times, I do not believe the additional appropriation to this program of $500,000 in state general funds contained in House Bill 645 is warranted, and for this reason I have vetoed that appropriation. With this item veto, the meth project will need to move toward its own goal of become self-sustaining and raise $600,000 through private fundraising to reach its projected budget, or, like the rest of us, tighten its belt and manage with less."

Countdown to hand-wringing editorial in a Lee Newspaper that will decry the decision, without mentioning the MMP’s connection to Lee or the amount of advertising revenue the project generates begins now…

I give it three days.

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About the author

Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.


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