From Red to Blue: Montana Seats New Democratic Governor, Legislature

Saskal, Rich
January 2005
Bond Buyer;1/4/2005, Vol. 351 Issue 32042, p3
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The article reports that Montana's government changed hands yesterday, to Democrats from Republicans, with the swearing-in of Governor Brian Schweitzer and the seating of a new legislature. It is reported that the new governor and lawmakers will inherit a much-improved budget environment but still face a number of thorny problems. Outgoing Governor Judy Martz, who did not seek re-election, proposed a budget for the 2005-2007 biennium before leaving office. Schweitzer has proposed some minor revisions, primarily in the area of education, where his $2.9 billion biennial general fund budget includes $30 million in additional spending over the two-year budget, beyond the $27 million increase Martz proposed.


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