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By Tim Leeds 

Schweitzer's budget gets mixed reviews


Tim Leeds

Havre-area legislators have mixed comments on Gov. Brian Schweitzer's proposed budget, ranging from an initial endorsement to saying "it's about time" to showing distrust.

Schweitzer has proposed cutting business equipment taxes and giving a rebate to property tax owners while increasing spending in some departments, cutting state funding — even eliminating it — from others and increasing the total budget by about 2 percent for the next biennium.

"I think that, overall, it's protecting people in need," said state Sen. Jonathan Windy Boy, D-Box Elder. "It's pretty sensible a...

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