- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A House tax panel is expected to take action this week on a three-year state revenue estimate that’s a compromise between the latest recommendations from lawmakers and the governor’s office.

Lee Newspapers of Montana reports House Taxation Committee Chair Mike Miller reluctantly urged his Republican colleagues on Monday to accept a proposed $6.761 billion revenue estimate for fiscal years 2015, 2016 and 2017.

The proposal unanimously passed out of the Joint Subcommittees on Revenue Estimating on Friday. It totals $232 million more than the Legislative Fiscal Division’s calculation, $43.6 million more than a legislative interim committee’s estimate and falls $82 million below that of the governor’s budget office.

Miller said that, in his opinion, the estimate was still too high, but the negotiated estimate will help avoid the governor’s veto on whatever budget passes out of the Legislature.

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