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COPY-House GOP breaks up Gov. Bullock's infrastructure bill

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By LISA BAUMANN
Associated Press

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - House Republicans say they are rejecting most of the bonding proposed in Gov. Steve Bullock's nearly $400 million infrastructure bill.

Rep. Nancy Ballance of Hamilton called Bullock's bill irresponsible on Thursday. She says the conservative Legislature refusing in recent sessions to bond at a high level has led to Montana's financial strength. About two thirds of Bullock's $391 million proposal uses bonding to pay for projects throughout the state.

Rep. Mike Cuffee of Eureka says they will divide House Bill 5 into seven separate bills. He says that will give the most critical projects the best chance at funding.

This comes after Bullock told lawmakers in his State of the State address Wednesday that he would veto any infrastructure plan that only prioritizes pet projects of certain legislators.

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