Republicans called out for budget cuts hurting Montana kids
With news the Montana GOP intends to cut $37 million from the Department of Public Health and Human Services that will ultimately result in $93 million in cuts due to federal matching grants, the Missoulian underscored the impact these cuts will have on children in an editorial on Wednesday.
Missoulian editorial: Don’t cut funding for CFS called out Republicans for the reckless implications these cuts will have on children in Montana who are the victims of neglect and abuse and the folks who are charged with protecting them.
“The people charged with acting on the public’s behalf to make these difficult decisions ought to be given every tool available to do their jobs well. Children’s lives literally hang in the balance … Given the nature of its work, DPHHS may be the absolute worst place to make budget cuts. “
The editorial couldn't be more spot on, because we know:
More than 3,000 Montana children are now living in foster care due to abuse and neglect -- a record number for this state.
There were 14 children who died in Montana from abuse and neglect from July 1, 2015 to Nov. 8, 2016.
Several Democratic legislators are introducing legislation to help address guardianship for children, create a child abuse death review panel, and protecting children who are the victims of incest, to name a few pieces of legislation.