GOP unveils bill proposing $80M in bonds for state, local building projects in Montana

HELENA – Republicans at the Legislature Monday introduced a plan to use nearly $80 million in bonds to finance state and local infrastructure projects in Montana over the next two years – including most of the $32 million renovation of Romney Hall on the Montana State University campus in Bozeman.

House Bill 652, sponsored by Rep. Mike Hopkins, R-Missoula, also includes money for major building projects in Butte, Great Falls and Warm Springs; nearly 80 local water, wastewater, bridge and reclamation projects; grants for projects in towns impacted by natural-resource development; and grants for school maintenance and construction.