Montana group discussing how to spend $1.25B in federal coronavirus relief money

It’s a good problem to have: how to spend $1.25 billion to restart Montana’s economy.

That’s one of the big challenges as Montana begins to take steps to become one of the first states in the nation to lift its stay-at-home orders.

Last week, Gov. Steve Bullock appointed a 26-member task force, charged with offering guidance and advice on where those federal dollars can best be deployed.

The $1.25 billion is the amount of cash now available to Montana through the federal CARES Act, to assist workers and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.