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Bullock eyes collaboration to build policies

By The Associated Press
Published On: Sep 01 2013 08:17:12 AM MDT
Steve Bullock
BROADUS, Mont. -

 Gov. Steve Bullock, like his predecessor, is a Democrat. On most days, that would seem like the only thing they share in common.
    
Few have cast a larger presence over Montana politics in recent memory than former Gov. Brian Schweitzer. But since Bullock arrived in January, it's become apparent that his style couldn't be more different.
    
The 47-year-old attorney's collaborative, somewhat cautious, approach has been a stark contrast to Schweitzer's dominating, larger-than-life style.
    
Since taking office, Bullock has unveiled initiatives to dramatically increase the number of Montanans with college or technical degrees, invest in schools and early childhood education and a plan aimed at making Montana an easier place to do business. In each case, Bullock is characteristically enlisting panels and experts to flesh out the ultimate solution.