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Constitutional Coup? The Case that Promulgated a New Constitution for Montana

. Econ. Hist. 211, 216-17 (2005) (describing defaults and near defaults due to excessive debt and infrastructure spending). Among other restrictions, the 1889 constitution banned legislative appropriations lasting longer than two years, Mont. Const. of 1889, art. XII, § 12. capped the property tax assessment of certain mines and mining claims, Id ., art. XII, § 3. required that local funds be raised locally rather than be raised statewide, Id ., art. XII, § 4. and forbade state debt for construction of railroads. Id ., art. V, § 38. This section probably served

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