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Serving the MonDak area since 1908 Wednesday, Am123, 2(XTo-11A ' na l Journalism -- Montana's 58th hopes to finish this a session regard as the and most con- recent memory. It money. we did a lot of said Rep. Rosie "We just time spmning our down." the breakdown one, when Repub- rolled back the 2000 spending explain what do to specific from health said, "and turned therapy group muddling ority Leader Fred e, reject- Scenario, saying the confused about the those who didn't CLEARANCE OF PRODUCTS the budget anticipat- Thomas said. runs outs, the the next $100 million state's current spend- ; to the Leg- with the and higher edu- the biggest hits. out the Depart- and Human Ser- down a stag- considering taken in the up to the session. will be "There were raising revenue, listening. said when legisla- p in Helena on Jan. we'd have to reductions," and could reasonably spending would levels. budget, which million short- the ceil- leaders worked the rollback. the Legislature Thomas said, down only $2 governor's million in University they the governor's what they got. of Health and cuts, noted total state 2.2 percent from in this climate," "Who's to com- unless you're a are things that but the econo- L a great hit because who produce all took a hit. The doesn't provide the taxpayers who Services." Birthday House Inn Room ,410 3rdAve. SW Mona-Elmd le news revenues Sen. John Bohlinger, R- Billings, said he came to the ses- sion expecting cuts but hoping for more revenue, too. "It's been the most difficult of my seven sessions," Bohlinger said. "We arrived in Helena with the understanding of a $250 mil- lion budget shortfall. That would indicate we have to raise revenue as well as challenge expenses." Bohlinger served on taxation committees in the last three ses- sions. Since 1999, those com- mittees never raised taxes, he said. "Today we can no longer do that," he said. "We have to raise revenue." Bohlinger sponsored Senate Bill 466, which called for a gen- eral 4 percent sales tax, exempt- ing groceries, thrift store pur- chases, utilities and prescription drugs. The exemptions in Bohlinger's bill would have eased its burden on the state's poor, he added. After his bill died in the Senate taxation committee, Bohlinger said many of his ideas were mar- ried into another general sales tax bill, SB470, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Mangan, D-Great Falls. "It was generally felt a demo- cratic sales tax would have a bet- ter chance, but I had my finger- prints on it," said Bohlinger. But SB470 died in the House last week, the last of a slew of sales tax bills that came and went this session. Even if legislators had passed SB470, it would have taken a vote of the people next fall to implement it - an unlikely sce- nario given the resounding defeat of a sales tax at the polls in 1993, as Rep. Jonathan Windy Boy, D-Box Elder, remarked in the House last week. "When is enough enough?" asked Windy Boy. "Leave the will of the people alone." Yet Bohlinger believes it's "asinine" for Montana to not have a sales tax, considering that 9.7 million tourists spend an estimated $1.7 billion here every year. A 4 percent sales tax would generate approximately $60 mil- lion yearly from those tourists. "We subsidize their vaca- tions," Bohlinger said. "They dump their garbage, and we pick it up without charging them." Bohlinger also sponsored unsuccessful bills to enact or increase taxes on motels, car rentals, cigarettes and video gambling. Absent higher gam- ing taxes, those ideas are includ- ed in House Bill 407, one of the few revenue bills still alive, but that legislation would raise less from those sources than Bohlinger wanted. HB 407 also includes cuts in income taxes. That, and the fact the budget hinges on many short-term revenue solutions, means the next Legislature could face continuing deficits, Democrats fear. "It was a very short-sighted session," said Senate Minority Leader John Tester of Big Sandy. "We didn't do anything to get us out of the situation we're in." But the governor and many Republicans hope the income tax cuts will spur Montana's economic growth, leading even- tually to stronger state revenues. Sen. Thomas believes the long- term fiscal prospects for the state are good. He said tlfis Legislature has set the stage for a number of energy projects - the develop- ment of coal-bed methane, state- owned coal reserves, and a pro- posed coal-fired electrical gener- ation plant on the Crow Reserva- tion - that will one day bring hun- dreds of millions of dollars to the state's treasury. "There are areas of hope in our revenue stream that are not included in the budget," Thomas said. "We've had our fair share of obstructionists who don't want economic development. Every session will be a challenge." As for the budget and the process that led to it, Senate President Bob Keenan, R-Big- fork, said Republican leaders have kept their focus. "I'm going to stand up and defend (our actions)," said Keenan. "We're going to bal- ance the budget. We put the budget together with baling wire and duct tape, but we did it with- out raising taxes. I'd have to say the mission was accomplished. People will have to decide if we did a good job or not." Anti-DUl effort wins and loses Sen. Dale Mahlum, R-Mis- soula, carried stronger DUI leg- islation as a personal crusade this session. Mahlum said he was motivated by the white crosses lining Montana's high- ways, not the threat of losing federal dollars if the state failed to bring Montana's laws in line with federal guidelines. The senator got most of what he wanted out of the session: enhanced DUI penalties and a lower legal blood-alcohol level of .08 percent. But his bill to outlaw open containers in motor vehicles died in the House, much to his dismay. "t cannot explain what they do over them," Mahlum said, adding that he was confident an open- container law would be "looked at again" in the next Legislature. BY FRANCES STEPPLER Correspondent Word was received of the death of Ronald L. Sanderson, 88, in Billings. He was the son of homesteaders the late James and Jesse Sanderson of the Andes Community and neighbors of the Pa!mer and Poff families. He was born on his parents home- stead and lived there until gradu- ating from Sidney High School in 1932. He is survived by two sons, one stepson and one step- daughter. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Wilfred. Funeral servic- es were held in Billings Satur- day, March 29. Some of you older folks will remember his dad, Jim Sanderson, who served as Richland County commis- sioner from 1929-1951. Betty lrigoin visited her daughter, Diana Branstetter, in Laurel along with granddaugh- ters Tammy and Dan Mason and girls, and Nicole and Scott Edwards and daughter Dylan. It was a trip to get acquainted with her new great-granddaughter, Dylan. Culbertson High School held its high school prom March 29 at the old armory. Les Candee, Charlie Creek, was a medical patient at the Sid- ney Health Center, Sidney. He was discharged Friday and re- admitted Saturday morning. He underwent surgery Sunday morning. A call from nay daughter, JoAnn and Donald Rosaaen, Fortine, said they returned from a trip to Glendale Ariz., where they visited their daughter LeAnn and Eddie Risenhoover and boys for a few weeks. JoAnn's sister, Clara Marie and Bob Miller, Spokane, Wash., and their daughter Tana and Joey Malmo and daughter Jennifer visited the Risenhoovers while they were visiting their son, Tony Miller and family in Phoenix, Ariz. Kris Steppler and her mother, Hazel Kjelgaard, Prarie Elk Community, South Wolf Point, made a trip to Glasgow to visit Kris's Aunt Cm'a Flaten of Wolf Point, who is a surgery patient in the Frances Mahon Hospital in Glasgow. Audrey Ruffatto and Gloria Sidney Fire Department Wed., April 16 - False alarm at the hospital. Fir., April 21 - Garbage pit, north of Horse Creek School. ney Washed rock and sand, concrete, gravel and dirt hauling Phone: 482-1572 After Hours Phone: 482-5093 MT/ND Toll Free 1-888-482-1572. Sidney, MT is recovering from a fractured leg, but doing very well. She loves people and is very cuddly. FrankJe would be very appreciative of a new and loving home. If you would like to arrange a meeting with Frankie, please ca//and leave a message at 1-406-433-PETS. We'll return your call and he//:) to arrange a meeting. You may also email us at Check us out on the web at wvvw.~o~o~ie!y org ::!i!J:::~:Ilii~L~AILABL~:~!I:~ .: I nUn ii~!:~ '~::~:. ~!:~. 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They returned home the day before the big snowstorm hit Denver. Visitors of Dolores and Gene Irigoin were Tommy and Jen- nifer Fatzinger and children, Bloomfield, and Sean and Nathan Fatzinger, Grandview. Charlie and Elaine Amestoy visited their son Ed and Jolene Amestoy and family in Malta last weekend. Dorothy Traeholt, Wolf Point, mother of Kim Klasna, under- went hip replacement surgery in Billings Deaconess Hospital. Kyla Steppler, daughter of Dean and Daris Steppler, was selected princess of the sopho- more class at the Culbertson High School prom March 30. Madison Thiessen, daughter of Tony and Lesley Thiessen, Sid- ney, celebrated her fourth birth- day at her grandmother Dolores Irigion's home with a birthday supper. Helping celebrate were her parents; sisters, Taylor and Riley; her aunts, Lynette Farr and girls, Sidney, Carol and Roy Fatzinger and Nathan; and Tom Irigoin and son, Alex. 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