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Posted in2023 Legislature

How to spend a $2.5 billion surplus? Lawmakers have no shortage of ideas.

Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte has proposed a budget that would fill the state’s reserve accounts, patch up health and social service programs, and put $525 million into short-term property tax rebates. Various factions within the legislative GOP have their own ideas, however, with some Republicans wanting deeper rebates that also focus on refunding income taxes. For their part, super-minority party Democrats have proposed tax relief legislation they say better targets rebates to lower-income Montanans.