Lawmakers see smaller shortfall as session nears


Lawmakers see smaller shortfall as session nears

MATT GOURAS, Associated Press Writer

HELENA (AP) — Lawmakers learned Friday that there will likely be enough money left over from this budget year to help ease a projected shortfall for the next budget period, setting up an argument on whether such a move is wise.

Projections given to the Legislative Finance Committee show that if tax collections don't improve dramatically, and if state spending increases just to cover inflation, there could be a $368 million budget shortfall over the next two-year budget period that starts in the middle...

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