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Governor criticizes spending plan by Republicans


HELENA — Gov. Brian Schweitzer on Thursday criticized Republicans' budget plan for abandoning federal money for Montana social programs.

Schweitzer met with Senate President Jim Peterson of Buffalo and House Speaker Mike Milburn of Cascade a day after he received the Republican majority's main budget bill.

The governor has previously said he was likely to either veto the bill or rewrite it and send it back for further consideration. He has 10 calendar days to act.

The Republican leaders said the Legislature is taking a long weekend to give the governor time to review the spending plan...

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