Montana Gets $607 Million in House Stimulus Plan

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – A version of the federal stimulus plan moving through the U.S. House would give about $600 million to Montana.

The largest portion of the Montana money — $280 million — would be spent on highways and bridges.

Another big chunk of the stimulus money goes toward health care, jobless benefits, food stamps and other programs that benefit victims of the downturn. The state government, which administers those programs, would get almost $200 million in stimulus money.

The rest of the state money is split up among school modernization, wastewater treatment, transit, education, Head Start and low-income heating assistance.

In total, the House measure sets aside about two-thirds of the money for such initiatives and one-third for tax cuts. A similar version is working its way through the Senate.

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