Montana construction projects hit another roadblock

2013-04-10T14:44:00Z 2013-04-10T17:28:07Z Montana construction projects hit another roadblockThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 10, 2013 2:44 pm  • 

HELENA — A $180 million state plan to build education and other buildings in order to spur jobs is hitting a roadblock.

The Senate Finance and Claims Committee agreed Wednesday in a bipartisan vote to table the plan.

Chairman Rick Ripley of Wolf Creek said the bill was just too expensive. He said lawmakers need to start trimming priorities with just 15 days left to balance a budget.

Gov. Steve Bullock wants to issue low-interest bonds to pay for projects that he argues will expand higher education and boost construction jobs.

But that idea is stalled in the House, unable to hit the two-thirds threshold needed to borrow money.

Ripley said he thinks there is still time to possibly revive it.

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