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Friday, April 22, 2005

2006: Schweitzer Wins

Posted by Bob Brigham

Chick Johnson:

HELENA - Gov. Brian Schweitzer on Wednesday passed out the accolades to members of the Montana Legislature for their work and for approving nearly all of the items on his agenda.

"I think that this Legislature has done a wonderful job in this session," Schweitzer told reporters at a morning press conference. "As the chief executive I would ask for little more than they delivered. While all the ink is not dry yet, it appears as though we're going to do some pretty remarkable things in this legislative session.''

He congratulated the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate and House and paid tribute to the freshman lawmakers who were empowered to stand up for their beliefs on the bills. At times, Schweitzer was able to persuade some freshman Republican representatives to support his proposals, even as the GOP House leaders opposed them.

So here is the press version of the laundry list:

  • Promote the production of ethanol in Montana by mandating its use in fuel.
  • Require groceries to put up signs telling people the country of origin of most meat sold in stores, even as Congress had passed a similar requirement but postponed it and is considering making it voluntary.
  • Reinvest money in state's colleges of technology, the two-year schools.
  • Put $80 million into Montana's K-12 school funding over the next two years, which Schweitzer called one of the largest increases in state history.
  • Set a balanced budget that will have a projected surplus or general fund balance of about $80 million as of mid-2007, without raising taxes and that honors the spirit of the budget spending cap.
  • Eliminate the property tax on business equipment for some 13,000 businesses by raising the exemption from the tax to $20,000 in business equipment, up from the current $5,000.
  • Crack down on methamphetamine use in Montana through a series of measures that Schweitzer said amount to the strongest package in the nation, apart from Oklahoma's.
  • Help improve access for hunting and fishing by making permanent the Habitat Montana, block management and the fishing access enhancement programs.
  • Reinstate the Made in Montana program, which the administration of Republican Gov. Judy Martz had discontinued, to promote items produced and grown in Montana.


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Where did Schweitzer get the money for his proposals?

Posted by: Matt Stoller [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 22, 2005 09:12 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment