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Mont. dealmaker pushes education funding makeover

By The Associated Press
Published On: Feb 03 2013 08:15:17 AM MST
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HELENA, Mont. -

An aggressive plan to revamp the state's complicated school funding proposal is scheduled for a key committee vote this week.
    
Republican state Sen. Llew Jones of Conrad has turned his deal-making skills to the measure that provides new money for schools - and also provides state support to cut local property tax levies.
    
New money largely comes from natural resource development.
    
The cost of the bill could exceed $150 million over two years.
    
The measure has so far drawn a wide mix of backers and has a fair chance of clearing the difficult legislative process.
    
Gov. Steve Bullock has his own plan to increase school funding about $70 million over the next two years but says he is will to discuss Jones' proposal.