HB 473 Information Packet– important information about the bill
After nearly six weeks of work amongst Infrastructure Coalition members and a bi-partisan group of legislators, the Bridge and Road Safety and Accountability Act has been formally introduced to the Legislature and has been scheduled for a hearing on Wednesday, February 22nd. As a means of updating our “user fees” for Montana highways, the bill, […]
23% of Montana’s water systems don’t meet Federal standards. This is unacceptable! This is a picture of a pipe from Scobey’s water system. Half of the original pipes from 1919 are still used today. The iron level of Scobey’s water is 132x the federal standard.
Informative and insightful column from Sen. Llew Jones on the proposed fuel tax increase, worth the read!
“At the end of the day we have to fund these things,” said Welborn, an eight-year representative who was elected to the Senate this year. “That bridge outside of Butte is a textbook example of what happens when you don’t address needs on a timely basis.” Link — http://helenair.com/news/state-and-regional/united-front-cities-join-others-for-big-infrastructure-lobbying-push/article_2e601293-46d2-512c-b28b-54fa88fa3b32.html
Democrats and Republicans say the state should play a role in addressing deteriorating roads, bridges and sewer and water infrastructure throughout Montana. Link — http://www.dailyinterlake.com/article/20161225/ARTICLE/161229888
The Montana Department of Transportation has announced that at least $127 million in highway construction projects will be delayed until May 2017 due to lack of funds. The Governor’s budget not only fails to shore up the budget, but cuts it $200 million more from the FY18 budget. Link — http://www.bigskybusiness.com/index.php/government/montana/4630-lack-of-funds-delays-highway-construction-projects
Poll: By a 5:1 margin, Montana voters support legislation that would cap the Coal Tax Trust Fund at a balance of $1 billion and have future funds invested in critical infrastructure projects around the state (69% support, 14% oppose). Link — http://www.bigskybusiness.com/index.php/business/montana-business/4640-what-are-montanans-thinking
Billings Gazette opinion: Montana running out of gas tax. This is a great return on Montanans’ money. Let’s consider paying a dime more for gas because we need better roads, adequate safety patrols and good jobs for Montanans.