However, with an ever-changing global economy, we recognize that we must continue to adapt our educational and workforce development strategies in order to keep pace. That's why we recently made historic investments in our public education system, as well as freezing tuition at Montana state colleges and universities.
Perhaps most importantly, though, we're facilitating innovative partnerships between the private sector and our colleges to develop cutting-edge curricula, ensuring that students are gaining the skills that will allow them to fill the jobs that are most in demand when they graduate.
Finally, Montana has one of the most effective and responsive state governments in the nation, and we are constantly working to improve upon that. We are the only state that was able to fix our public employee pension fund without raising taxes. And we did it while maintaining a budget (surplus) that is the envy of many other states. In fact, Montana was one of only a few states to maintain a budget surplus through the recession.