The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

By Shaylee Ragar and Tim Pierce
UM Legislative News Service University of Montana School of Journalism 

Lawmakers Pass $10 Billion Budget

 

House Minority Leader Casey Schriener (left), D-Great Falls, speaks with Representatives Derek Skees (middle), R-Kalispell, and Forest Mandeville, R-Columbus, on the House floor on April 24, 2019. Photo by Shaylee Ragar / UM Legislative News Service.

HELENA - On the final day of the 66th Montana Legislature, lawmakers completed their only state constitutionally mandated task by passing the bill that sets the budget for state agencies.

House Bill 2, which spends about $10 billion of state and federal money over the next two years, passed its final vote in House of Representatives 73-25.

The bill had moved through the session relatively quickly, passing the House 54-45 for the first time in late March and then passing the Senate 28-21 in early April. The final vote in the House was to adopt Senate amendments that added about $12.3 millio...



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