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Supreme Court says tax initiative unconstitutional

HELENA (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court has ruled that a legislative referendum calling for income-tax credits when there is surplus state revenue is unconstitutional.

Friday's 4-3 decision upholds a district judge's ruling that the referendum cannot appear on the November ballot.

The referendum would have required the state Revenue Department to issue income-tax credits if the state general fund balance exceeds the Legislature's projection by a certain percentage and dollar amount.

District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock ruled in June that the referendum is an unconstitutional delegation of power by...


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