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Gov’s budget office gets new director

By: - September 7, 2021 4:46 pm

Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte speaks at conference promoting new tools for those in addiction treatment in Billings on July 27, 2021 (Photo by Darrell Ehrlick of the Daily Montanan).

Gov. Greg Gianforte will be getting a new budget director starting Oct. 1 as the current director, Kurt Alme, transitions out of his role to return to Billings to be with his family, the governor’s office announced in a news release on Tuesday.

Alme will be replaced by Buffalo Republic Sen. Ryan Osmundson. Osmundson was elected to the Montana House of Representatives in 2010 and served on the Appropriations Committee for three consecutive terms, including as vice chairman in 2015, the release said. In 2016, he was elected to the State Senate where he has served as chairman of the Finance and Claims Committee in 2019 and 2021.

Sen. Ryan Osmundson (R-Buffalo) who was appointed to be the new budget director for Gov. Greg Gianforte (Montana Legislature photo).

“With a decade of experience shaping state budgets in the Montana Legislature, Ryan has earned a reputation as a strong fiscal conservative,” Gianforte said in the release. “Ryan will bring his years of experience and leadership to build upon Kurt’s work, developing a fiscally conservative budget while preserving essential services and ensuring Montanans keep more of what they earn.” 

 Alme had been assisting the governor since December 2020.

“While I’ll sorely miss Kurt’s leadership and counsel, family has to come first, and I understand and respect his decision. We are grateful for his around-the-clock service to the people of Montana,” Gianforte said in the release.

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