HELENA — On Wednesday, Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen said – despite being a fiscal conservative – he’s asking the Montana Legislature for a significant budget increase, because his department needs more resources to keep up with public safety needs.
Knudsen opened the Montana Department of Justice’s presentation to a joint legislative budget subcommittee.
“Simply put, we cannot keep policing in Montana like it’s still 1995,” he told lawmakers.
The state’s executive branch has called for a big investment in the public safety budget for the next two years. DOJ is proposing a $299 million budget for the 2024-2025 biennium – an increase of $38 million, or 14%, from the last appropriation.