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Bullock's $10.3B budget plan would extend Medicaid expansion

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock on Thursday proposed a two-year, $10.3 billion budget that includes the reauthorization of a health insurance program for low-income residents and tax hikes that Republican legislative leaders are already dismissing as "not going to happen."

It's the Democratic governor's final budget proposal before his second term ends in 2021. He is seeking to push through priorities that lawmakers have rejected or scaled back in the past, including preschool education and infrastructure funding, while continuing the Medicaid expansion program that insures 96,000 low-income residents and is scheduled to expire next year.

Bullock proposes raising an...