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House embraces main budget bill; veto threat looms

By Associated Press
Published On: Apr 18 2013 04:51:45 PM MDT
Helena Capitol Summer
HELENA, Mont. -

The House is embracing the latest version of the state's main budget bill despite a looming veto threat from Gov. Steve Bullock.
    
The chamber endorsed the Senate's changes to House Bill 2 in a bipartisan 63-37 vote on Thursday. A final vote is scheduled for Friday before it is sent to the governor.
    
There was very little discussion, and no debate, on the $9 billion measure that guides most state spending.
    
Republican leaders call it a good budget. But many conservatives voted no in protest of increased spending in the budget and other bills dealing with pay increases, pension fixes, Medicaid expansion and school funding.
    
Some conservatives also oppose restoring federal family planning money.
    
Democrats say they like the measure, although they hope Bullock will return it with suggested changes.