Legislators Take Break After Passing Budget

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – Montana legislators are taking the next four days off after passing a budget.

Republican legislative leaders decided to take the break from Thursday to Monday to let the governor mull the spending plan they passed Wednesday.

Gov. Brian Schweitzer has made it clear a veto or complete rewrite of the budget is likely.

Two Democratic senators criticized Republican leaders for calling the break. Sens. Anders Blewett and Kendall Van Dyk say taking time off is irresponsible when there is work still to be done so close to the end of the session.

There are eight working days left in the legislative session.

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