HELENA — A proposal by Montana Governor Steve Bullock calls for $440 million in infrastructure projects across the state, including rural water projects, dam upgrades, a state museum, and new university buildings.
As the Legislature meets this winter and spring, one of lawmakers’ chief tasks is deciding how much of that request the governor — and Montana communities — will get. The infrastructure package comes in addition to Bullock’s proposal for state agency spending, which, including federally funded programs, totals $6.6 billion in fiscal year 2020.
With the Democratic governor proposing to cover nearly half the infrastructure proposal with bonding, large portions are likely to face a chilly reception from fiscal conservatives who’ve blocked bonding measures in recent sessions. Some GOP lawmakers, however, say they have a plan in the works to improve the process and fund worthy projects.
Eric Dietrich a journalist and data designer and the founder of the Long Streets economic reporting project. He has worked for the Great Falls Tribune, Bozeman Daily Chronicle, and Solutions Journalism Network. Contact Eric at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter.