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HELENA - A version of the federal stimulus plan moving through the U.S. House would give about $600 million to Montana.

The largest portion of the Montana money - $280 million - would be spent on highways and bridges.

Another big chunk of the stimulus money goes toward health care, jobless benefits, food stamps and other programs that benefit people hurt by the economic downturn. The state government, which administers those programs, would get almost $200 million in stimulus money.

The rest of the state money is split up among school modernization, wastewater treatment, transit, education, Head Start and low-income heating assistance.

Montana Republican Congressman Denny Rehberg opposes the plan, saying it would waste money and inflate government spending. He says he prefers tax cuts.

In total, the House measure sets aside about two-thirds of the money for initiatives and one-third for tax cuts. A similar version is working its way through the Senate.

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