Money bills stall on tie votes
HELENA - Efforts to find a source of additional money for the state budget stalled on two fronts Tuesday, leaving legislative leadership on both sides frustrated about prospects of a mutually agreeable solution.
The Senate deadlocked over a Republican proposal that would implement selective sales taxes to provide $47 million for the budget and $53 million in income tax relief.
A House committee's tie vote appeared to kill a $77 million Democratic plan for tapping the coal tax trust and raising cigarette taxes.
Key Republicans said they will continue to seek cooperation from the