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Montana Legislative panel shifts stimulus ed money

April 9, 2009View for printing

Critics said Republican changes Wednesday to stimulus spending plans shortchange Montana schools, while supporters said they are necessary to make sure the state doesn't spend too much money.

The state Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday night rewrote pieces of the House spending plan for almost $900 million in federal stimulus money, known as House Bill 645. Democrats and Republicans continued to clash over spending plans, setting up several weeks of contentious budget battles as the Legislature draws to a close.

By Matt Gouras

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