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Bullock vetoes draw GOP criticism

By Associated Press
Published On: May 07 2013 01:24:06 PM MDT
Steve Bullock
HELENA, Mont. -

A legislative session that began with promises of compromise ended with a whole bunch of vetoes from Gov. Steve Bullock.
    
The governor wrapped up action on bills Tuesday when he let 10 measures become law without his signature.
    
Late Monday, he issued 27 vetoes that brought his total to 71 for the session - just shy of Brian Schweitzer's record of 78 from two years ago.
    
Republican leaders bemoaned the loss of some of their priorities, including income tax cuts.
    
Republican House Speaker Mark Blasdel says the governor's actions shows he values growth in state government more than the rest of Montana. He criticized the governor for vetoing a bill that would have exempted businesses from paying equipment tax on pollution control equipment mandated by the federal government.