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State freeze on local money draws GOP criticism


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A move by Gov. Brian Schweitzer's administration to freeze a bunch of money spent on local projects came under fire Wednesday as lawmakers started looking at a budget situation that has prompted the governor to consider widespread cuts. Republicans said that the Schweitzer administration overwhelmingly targeted rural counties with GOP lawmakers when it recently decided to hold back spending on $3.5 million in grants to local governments. "Of course that's what it was," said Sen. Dave Lewis, R-Helena. "The majority of it is rural counties with Republican lawmakers." The Schweitzer administra...

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