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It seems as if Montana’s work week could soon be shortened by just five minutes.
The state’s governor, Steve Bullock, has announced that it will end the three-day weekend in 2019.
“The Montana Works,” which started in September 2018, has been credited with boosting the state’s economy by $1.4 billion.
Bullock said the state will use the extra money to fund job training programs, expand early childhood education, improve education access and create new industries, among other things.
“This is the largest stimulus we’ve ever done in Montana,” Bullock told reporters Monday.
“I’m going to use the money that’s been created to make sure that we keep Montana moving forward, not slowing it down.”
A spokesperson for the state Department of Finance said the $1 billion will be used to improve education in the state.
Montana also will stop hiring teachers during the week.
The Department of Education also announced Monday that it would end the five-day school day in 2019, which means that teachers who work six days a week will no longer be paid during the day.
Bullocks office told Newsweek that the state would spend the money on other priorities.
Bullocking has said the initiative will help the state grow.
We’ve got the resources to hire the best people to do what we need to do to help our state,” he said.
“We’ve got a great economy, we’ve got great jobs, we’re well-trained and well-respected in our community.”
Bullock also told reporters that he has met with Montana’s Republican governor, Matt Mead, who has said he wants to keep the three day week.
“It’s an honor for me to meet with the governor of Montana, Matt,” Bullocks said.