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Tally on final budget shows 11 percent increase

By Associated Press
Published On: May 16 2013 04:37:14 PM MDT
Helena Capitol Summer
HELENA, Mont. -

Spending of state money is expected to increase by double digits over the next two years according to recent budget analysis.
    
The updated figures reflect cost-cutting vetoes issued by Gov. Steve Bullock earlier this month. Lawmakers are being polled through early June to determine if there is two-thirds support to override any of the vetoes.
    
Most of the state's two-year $11.3 billion budget comes from federal money that fluctuates with big programs like Medicaid.
    
The Bullock administration says the budget increases spending of money from state taxes by 11 percent to a total of $4.3 billion.
    
Bullock argued his vetoes, including some proposed tax cuts, were needed to ensure the state's projected surplus stays above $300 million.
    
The administration now estimates that projected surplus could reach $310 million.