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Governor nixes pay bump for Montana legislators

Supporters had argued increasing lawmaker pay from $16 to $24 an hour would make it easier for Montanans who aren't retired or independently wealthy to serve.

Gov. Greg Gianforte has vetoed a bill raising the wages paid Montana legislators, arguing the proposed increase - from about $16 to $24 an hour starting in 2025 on top of already-approved per-diem increases - was disproportionate to increases the Legislature had authorized for state employees.

"As has been the case since before our nation's founding, public service comes with personal sacrifice -...


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