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We did it! Praise be to God, the Montana Republicans worked hard, stood strong, stuck together, and solved the budget shortfall WITHOUT raising taxes!



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By jenniferfieldermt
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House Democrats “stamp their feet”, but why? Here’s the back story: To help cover the $227 million budget shortfall, the governor proposed $77 million in specific cuts within State agencies and posted his list of cuts on his web site. The Republicans did not change his list (we are working on additional solutions to find savings, make transfers and supplement the governor’s cut list). But we did introduce legislation to place his cut list into the budget bill so it is recorded in law which allows us to track it and ensure the governor can’t reshuffle the money after the legislature leaves town. Democrat floor leaders in the House got mad about that and stood up and opposed the bill (HB2), claiming this “terrible” list of cuts (that their own governor made days ago) was not the governor’s list, was so brand new to them they hadn’t even seen it, and refused to vote for it. Actually, it is indeed the governor’s list, it was made known to them days — possibly even weeks ago — but in tr



By jenniferfieldermt