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Republican attorney lawmaker offers State of State response

By Associated Press
Published On: Jan 31 2013 04:57:30 AM MST
helena capitol
HELENA, Mont. -

A rising leader in the Republican caucus says there is some "common ground" with Gov. Steve Bullock - and echoed Bullock's request to work together.
    
But 31-year-old state Rep. Austin Knudsen of Culbertson made it clear that Republicans - opposed to Bullock's request for double-digit percentage increases in state spending and federal money for health care expansion - will be seeking compromise on top of friendly words.
    
Knudsen says the state needs to be "very conservative" in making new commitments.
    
The attorney from the northeastern corner of Montana also says tax breaks should not be restricted just to homeowners, and should be permanent.
    
In the GOP response to Bullock's State of the State address Wednesday, he said Republicans agree that the state should find opportunities to return excess revenues to Montana taxpayers
    
He said, "Every single Montanan deserves tax relief. No one should be left out."