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Lieutenant Governor Cooney seeks compromise with legislature over budget

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BUTTE - The lieutenant governor stopped in Butte late Friday afternoon to push the state legislature to work with the governor on fixing the state's budget crisis.

The state is dealing with an approximately $228 million deficit, and the legislature is expected to cut up to 10 percent from the state's social services that include health, education, corrections and other agencies.

A costly fire season also put a strain on the budget.

Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney is asking the legislature to help find funds to prevent deep cuts to services.

“There won't be a service in Montana in state government that won't be impacted and it will impact people's lives. And that's what we want. Governor Bullock and I didn't get into this business to watch Montanans be hurt, and these cuts will hurt Montanans,” Cooney said.

Under the law, the state cannot operate with a deficit.

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