Governor's "Build Montana" plan aims to create jobs and improve infrastructure
HELENA -- One of the cornerstones of Governor Steve Bullock's legislative priorities is to invest nearly $400 million in infrastructure upgrades across Montana.
During Wednesday night's State of the State address, the Governor said his "Build Montana" plan would create 4,000 jobs and provide critical improvements to roads, bridges, water systems, schools, and other infrastructure across the state.
Bullock says Montana can pay for the plan without raising taxes. He said the bill can be funded using a mix of cash-on-hand and issuing bonds.
"By using both cash-on-hand and bonds to fund long-term investments, we can employ the same, sound financial management that got us to this position of strength that we know today," Bullock said. "Bonds plus cash just makes sense."
The Governor says Montana saw 12,000 new jobs created last year alone.
He urged lawmakers not to stand in the way of progress.