Posted: Apr 16, 2013 1:13 PM by Marnee Banks - MTN News
HELENA - The Montana Senate is moving forward with plans to pay cash for the construction of several state buildings.
Gov. Steve Bullock (D-MT) had originally proposed to pay for these projects by selling $100 million in state bonds. However, the Legislature believed the state should pay cash for the projects, so they amended the projects into House Bill 5, the long range planning bill.
Bullock's original bill contained 11 projects, 9 of them on Montana college and university campuses.
On Monday, the Senate took out two projects: the Montana Heritage Center in Helena and the Romney Hall project at Montana State University in Bozeman.
Of the governor's original proposal, funding for eight of the projects remains in the bill:
1. MSU-Billings Science and Instructional Tech addition
3. MSU-Great Falls roof replacement
4. MSU-Northern Havre Automotive Technology Center
5. UM-Missoula College
6. UM-Western Dillon Main Hall renovation
7. UM-Montana Tech Butte Natural Resource Research Center addition
8. Montana Department of Justice Center Butte
House Bill 5 also provides for the funding of many other projects.