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Major tax bill squeaks by on fourth try


HELENA - A major bill wanted by Republicans to put more money into the state budget and provide income tax cuts finally cleared a hurdle in the House on Monday, gaining preliminary approval on the fourth attempt.

But its future remained in doubt, with just 10 days left before the Legislature adjourns.

''It continues to hang by a very tenuous thread,'' said House Speaker Doug Mood, R-Seeley Lake, after the measure was tentatively passed 51-49. It faces the decisive final House vote today.

The vote capped a daylong floor session in which Senate Bill 407 was the main attraction and disputes ov...

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