One of the lesser mentioned consequences of last month's meltdown in the Montana legislature is its waste of tax dollars. As mentioned earlier , the right-wing leadership in the House was unable to pass a budget, and instead wasted their time threatening to de-fund , completely, the state's Department of Health and Human Services. While no legislative body should rubber stamp legislation just to get it out the door, one also expects the legislature to confront Montana's problems in meaningful ways, not with tantrums and absurd threats. Certainly a session without a budget is a dismal failure, and some stopgap such as a special session must occur. Legislator pay is not great, but the cost of running a session is substantial, as will be a special session. Where's the respect for those tax dollars? The state needs a solution, not more costly grandstanding.